Thames Tower, Reading

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Thames Tower, Reading

PBA has enabled the redevelopment of Thames Tower without need for demolition or new foundation works. The 11-storey building, situated next to the recently refurbished Reading railway station, had been empty since 2010.

PBA was appointed to provide multi-disciplinary structural engineering services to enable redevelopment, including the addition of four floors to create office space, a rooftop terrace, restaurants, café and other facilities.

Previous designs required complete demolition and re-build or upward extension with considerable new foundation works. Through a carefully considered programme of investigations, lateral thinking and targeted strengthening works, PBA delivered a design that maximised value while keeping the construction programme and build cost to a minimum.

"This is a thorough and rigorous project which has been carried out with ingenuity and skill. With both painstaking analysis and inventive thought, a substantial but unloved city-centre concrete building has been enlarged upwards and horizontally by the creative use of steelwork.

The project was technically and logistically challenging, but teamwork and a committed client have achieved a solution which is exemplary in its calm elegance."