400 South Oak Way Reading

Creative interventions have allowed this 15-year-old building to compete against the best Thames Valley new builds

In Numbers

  • 144 acrylic rods to entrance
  • 4m high rods
  • 110m2 lake extension
  • 4 colour changing LED lightboxes
  • 1 new link bridge
  • 195 looped metal balustrades to terrace
  • 98,000ft2 NIA
  • 3.5m entrance canopy cantilever

About 400 South Oak Way

Building on Barr Gazetas work with Oxford Properties at Green Park Business Park in Reading, 400 South Oak Way is located adjacent to the recently refurbished 450 South Oak Way. Following a 14-year period of vacancy, the building has been modernised through a CAT A fit-out and rejuvenated with a series of interventions. The finished building provides 98,000ft2 of office space over five floors with BREEAM Excellent accreditation.

The experience upon arrival is dramatised by an acrylic light installation that highlights the building's entrance and its extension to the lake. A projecting metallic canopy leads through to a new double height lobby where visitors pass beneath a metal-clad bridge linking the east and west office wings.

Projecting balconies extend into the atrium space featuring light-boxes fitted with colour changing LEDs. The finishes to this main space have been refreshed with a sculptural Corian® desk, textured limestone flooring and feature bamboo cladding.

The rear of the building is reconfigured to create a new landscaped entrance and covered cycle parking. This has opened up the access route and strengthens the link between the building and public realm at neighbouring Lime Square.

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