Barr Gazetas - Award Winning London Architect

450 South Oak Way Reading

After standing empty for 13 years, our sensitive but dramatic additions led to a full pre-let of this 100,000ft2 Thames Valley office building

In Numbers

  • 102,432ft2 net internal floor area
  • 13 years' old
  • 5 floors of office space
  • 9 showers
  • 41 (82) cycle stands (spaces)

About 450 South Oak Way

Completed in November 2014, the previously vacant building at 450 South Oak Way in Green Park Business Park was extended and extensively refurbished to create an exemplary headquarters office building. The finished building achieved an EPC B and BREEAM Excellent as well as being awarded a commendation in the BCO Awards.

The entrance experience has been transformed by creating a double height lobby with a faceted metallic soffit that leads into the main internal atrium. A new two storey cantilevered extension to the front elevation adds increased office space and adds presence and visibility to the entrance. The extension has a maximum cantilever of 5 metres from the main façade. The previously sparse atrium space is animated by walkways connecting the two office wings across the rear of the atrium.

The curved walkways feature continuous light-boxes to the front fascia. A spiral stair connects the reception area to the first floor walkway. The reception space also features a sculptural Corian® desk with integrated lighting and building signage.

The office floors have been fitted out to Cat A standard and all common parts and WC’s have been refurbished with upgraded finishes. Externally a redesigned forecourt and vehicle drop off area features aluminium clad faceted planters that echo the form and materials of the entrance soffit. A new covered cycle shelter also follows this design language and features photovoltaic panels on its roof.

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