GRAHAM Construction undertakes £13.9 million prime Reading redevelopment

Work on site is progressing well at Boultbee Brooks Real Estate’s (BBRE) £13.9 million redevelopment of the former Kings House in Reading, with GRAHAM Construction appointed as principal contractor.

This significant redevelopment project will deliver 93,000 sq ft net internal area (NIA) of prime Grade A office space to the market. A key feature is the removal of the T-shaped building’s central core to create larger, completely open floorplates of 13,300 sq ft NIA and a total of 23,000 sq ft NIA of extra space overall. New stair cores, lifts and facilities will be added to the rear of the building, plant will be moved onto the roof and new cladding will contribute to improved energy efficiency.

Rob Joyce, GRAHAM Construction’s London office director said:

“The Thames Valley office market is thriving, with Reading in particular seeing low vacancy rates and increasing occupier demand for Grade A space.

“For BBRE, the project’s success centres on creating the large, open floorplates that occupiers require of new space. We were able to provide a temporary works solution that will maintain the building’s structural integrity while the 13m long, six tonne precast concrete planks that will form the new floorplates are lowered in through the narrow space where the core used to sit.

“This is the largest challenge we face and is critical to the project’s technical and commercial success. Through our skilled team we have the expertise and experience to deliver such a complex project.”

The seven-storey, 1970s office building is located on 33 Kings Road in Reading, near the Oracle shopping centre and train station, and benefits from 105 parking spaces with a 1:857 sq ft parking ratio on the new NIA to be created.

Completion is planned for autumn 2016.