The Blade, Reading

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The Blade
The Blade, Abbey Square
View from the west
The Blade, Reading is located in Reading Central
The Blade, Reading
Location within Reading town centre
Alternative namesAbbey Mill House[1]
General information
StatusComplete
Coordinates51°27′20.03″N 0°57′59.15″W / 51.4555639°N 0.9664306°W / 51.4555639; -0.9664306Coordinates: 51°27′20.03″N 0°57′59.15″W / 51.4555639°N 0.9664306°W / 51.4555639; -0.9664306
Construction started2007[2]
Completed2009[2]
Cost£32 million [3]
Height
Antenna spire86 m (282 ft)
Roof59 m (194 ft)
Technical details
Floor count15 (14 above ground, 1 below)
Lifts/elevators5
Design and construction
ArchitectSheppard Robson
DeveloperPMB Holdings and Aviva Investors
References
[1]

The Blade, also known as Abbey Mill House, is a skyscraper and the tallest building in Reading, Berkshire, England. Used for office space, it is 86 metres (282 ft) tall and is visible from many places in the town. The first tenant to occupy the building was Kaplan Financial, who moved to the building from Thames Tower.[4][5]

Building[edit]

The 86-metre (282 ft) steel building has 14 floors above ground level; the floor-to-floor height is 3.77 metres (12.4 ft). The building's façade is a curtain wall system of aluminium and glass, and the building is strengthened with a pile foundation.[1] The spire atop the building is a lattice frame covered with rainscreen panels.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "The Blade". Emporis. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Skyscrapernews's building database, 23/11/09 version
  3. ^ BBC Berkshire, Places, The Blade, By Linda Serck, April 2009
  4. ^ getreading, "Blade a different class for finance firm" 2 February 2010, retrieved 23 July 2011
  5. ^ Paul Robins, getreading

External links[edit]

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