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 names Abbey Mill House[1]
General information
Status Complete
Coordinates 51°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 started 2007[2]
Completed 2009[2]
Cost £32 million [3]
Antenna spire 86 m (282 ft)
Roof 59 m (194 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 15 (14 above ground, 1 below)
Lifts/elevators 5
Design and construction
Architect Sheppard Robson
Developer PMB Holdings and Aviva Investors

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]


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]


  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

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