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Hammerson gets its skates on with Reading ice plan

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Architect Don Gray and engineer Neil Thomas of Atelier One have adapted a millennium proposal for freezing over the Thames in London for use by developer Hammerson in Reading, Berkshire. The proposal would freeze a stretch of the canalised River Kennet, about 30m long and 10m wide, which runs through a circular piazza in the middle of Hammerson's Oracle development. An ice blanket would be built up in a series of insulated trays, allowing water to run freely underneath but joining the two sides of the piazza with a surface that would be safe for skating. The proposal is being developed as an application for Arts Council funding.

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