Project overview.

The site, approximately 0.34 hectares in area, is located on the south side of the A329 Kings Road directly opposite Reading College campus, which is circa 1km east of Reading town centre. The site is accessed off Muirfield Close, which lies to the south of the site.

About the project.

This refurbishment project comprised the remodelling and re-cladding of an existing three-storey concrete framed, 31,034ft² office block and its conversion / change-of-use into a residential four-storey property containing 78 flats and studio apartments.

Structural works included removal of two staircases to increase the number of flats. These changes required the introduction of a smoke extract system and sprinklers to ensure safe fire egress.

The removed curtain walling was replaced with aluminium windows and rain-screen cladding, together with new circulation staircases, lifts, installation of a new sprinkler system, adapted drainage to take on the additional capacity, new roof garden, 50 car parking spaces, and associated external works.