Thames Tower, Reading



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    Structural engineering

    Environmental design

  • Awards

    RIBA South Award 2018 winner

    Structural Steel Design Awards 2016 winner 

    2018 BCO Award for Refurbished / Recycled Workplace in the South of England and South Wales

    Shortlisted for AJ Architecture Awards 2018: Workplace of the Year category

    Related projects

    Reading Station Area Regeneration

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."