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Chatham Place, Reading, by Cartwright Pickard Architects

[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Cartwright Pickard Architects (CPA) has completed the £46 million first phase of its Chatham Place development in central Reading

The three buildings, which form part of a larger £250 regeneration project masterplanned by the practice, house 211 apartments and penthouses including new keyworker homes.

A new pedestrian street runs east to west through the centre of the site, hailed as ‘an important first step in the creation of a new street pattern and urban structure for the area’.

According to the practice, the larch-clad interior courtyard is designed to contrast with the building’s hard ‘outer shell’ with its silver anodized aluminium facades and coloured glass panels.

Project data

Architects: Cartwright Pickard Architects
Location:  Reading
Type Of Project: Mixed Use (Housing)
Structural Engineers: Buro Happold
Project Architect: Stephen Durn
Design Team: Cartwright Pickard Architects
Client: Muse Developments Ltd
Funding: Client
Tender date: March 2006
Start on site date: May 2006
Contract duration: 3 years
Gross internal floor area: 47,000 m
Form of contract and/or procurement: client bespoke
Total cost: £46million      
M&E consultant:
Atelier 10
Quantity surveyor: Faithful & Gould
Planning supervisor: (now called CDM coordinator) Rose Project Services
Landscape Architect:Townsend
Main contractor: Ardmore Construction (Market Sale Building), Leadbitter Construction (Key Worker Building), Vollack (Car park)
External anodised rainscreen cladding panels: Proteus HR, AME (MSR Building),
Aluminium / Timber Composite Windows
: Protec (MSR)
Anodised Aluminium Entrance Glazing and Doors: Kawneer
Kitchens: Pepper Kitchens
Annual co2 emissions: Unknown – project achieves Eco-homes Very Good.

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