The first phase of the University of Reading’s new Thames Valley Science Park development in Shinfield, Reading has completed.
Built by GRAHAM Construction and designed by Ryder Architecture, the ‘Gateway’ building is a three-storey commercial new build valued at £22 million. It is the first of four new buildings on the 16-hectare (47 acre) site and will provide 48,000 sq. ft. of high quality laboratories and flexible office space aimed at attracting small to medium-sized technology companies.
GRAHAM was appointed to the University of Reading’s framework in 2015 to support the delivery of its £250m capital investment programme over the next 10 to 15 years. Located near the M4, the Thames Valley Science Park will ultimately provide 800,000 sq ft of laboratory and office space in a campus style setting designed to foster collaboration and interaction between technology-led companies and academia.
David Gilham, director of Thames Valley Science Park, said:
“After years of careful planning it is exciting to see the Thames Valley Science Park coming to fruition. We are very happy with the completed ‘Gateway’ building and are proud to showcase this as our flagship development, which offers our tenants fantastic space and facilities.”
GRAHAM Construction’s London office director, Rob Joyce said:
“The completion of the Gateway building marks an important first step towards the University of Reading’s long-term capital works programme. By working closely with the team and understanding their vision from the start, we have successfully delivered a new commercial building that meets the needs of small to medium-sized technology companies while supporting collaboration and continued learning.”
The building, which is fully let, opened to tenants earlier this year.