THAMES WATER BUSINESS CENTRE

The design of the Thames Water Business Centre, officially named Clearwater Court, maximises its riverside location, offering open views along the River Thames. The building is contemporary and makes significant use of natural light, reflecting the water through its distinct glass circulation towers.

DSSR was responsible for the full design of all mechanical, electrical, public health and lift engineering services. Early strategic design studies included extensive thermal modelling and sustainable design option.

All office areas are served by displacement ventilation using a raised floor supply air plenum supplemented by chilled beams in high heat gain areas. Internal lighting is by a combined direct/indirect system with tailored luminaires blending with the coffered ceiling structure. Special external lighting features enhance the building appearance at night-time.

The project was the first building in the city of Reading to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent and remains one of only two in the city today.


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Location

Reading, Berkshire

Client

Kennet Properties for

Thames Water Utilities

Architect

Barton Willmore

Contract Value

£7m

Completion

2003