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Robert Adam unveils Reading towers scheme


Developer Lochailort Investments has begun consulting on this three-tower housing scheme on the edge of Reading town centre designed by classicists ADAM Architecture

The practice’s proposals feature blocks of up to 28 storeys joined by a four-storey podium, and would be built in Kings Meadow Road, between the River Thames and the Great Western mainline.

Lochailort said the development, named Swan Heights, would feature around 350 apartments, along with 847m2 of communal space for residents and 559m2 of retail space in the podium levels.

Each of the towers is topped with two three-storey penthouses with back-to-back floorplans, each with its own roof terrace, according to drawings contained in the the consultation document.

The scheme’s podium would feature communal roof gardens and sedum green roofs.

Architect Robert Adam said the proposals were ‘classical towers’ influenced by US skyscraper pioneer Louis Sullivan.

‘I’ve designed several classical towers, but none of them have been built so far,’ he said.

‘There aren’t many classical towers around at the moment. There are one or two in Europe – King Towers in Stockholm, for example; and there are some by Bob Stern in the United States.

‘But this is really about engaging with the heritage of towers and conforming to a framework which was set down by Louis Sullivan.’

Lochailort managing director Hugo Haig said: ‘Our exciting, cutting-edge design is of the highest possible architectural quality and we are confident that the development will not only reinvigorate Reading’s town centre and give a heightened sense of civic pride, but also leave a legacy of exceptional architectural quality and with levels of environmental sustainability seldom seen elsewhere in the UK.’

A planning application for the scheme is expected to be submitted to Reading Borough Council ‘imminently’.

The development site is currently a BMW dealership.

Swan Heights in Reading

Source: Lochailort Investments

Adam Architecture’s scheme for Lochailort Investments feature right of centre in this image of planned development for Reading

Swan Heights in Reading

Source: Lochailort Investments

Adam Architecture’s proposals for Reading



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