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The Blade
The Blade, Abbey Square
View from the west
Alternative names Abbey Mill House
General information
Status Complete
Coordinates 51°27′20.03″N 0°57′59.15″W / 51.4555639°N 0.9664306°W / 51.4555639; -0.9664306Coordinates: 51°27′20.03″N 0°57′59.15″W / 51.4555639°N 0.9664306°W / 51.4555639; -0.9664306
Construction started 2007
Completed 2009
Cost £32 million
Antenna spire 86 m (282 ft)
Roof 59 m (194 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 15 (14 above ground, 1 below)
Lifts/elevators 5
Design and construction
Architect Sheppard Robson
Developer PMB Holdings and Aviva Investors

The Blade, also known as Abbey Mill House, is a high-rise and the tallest building in Reading, Berkshire, England. Used for office space, it is 86 metres (282 ft) tall and is visible from many places in the town. The first tenant to occupy the building was Kaplan Financial, who moved to the building from Thames Tower.


The high rise building was proposed in 2001, and construction lasted from 2007 to 2009. It cost £32 million to build.

The 86-metre (282 ft) steel building has 14 floors above ground level; the floor-to-floor height is 3.77 metres (12.4 ft). The building's façade is a curtain wall system of aluminium and glass, and the building is strengthened with a pile foundation. The spire atop the building is a lattice frame covered with rainscreen panels. The height of the building is 128m above ground level.

The Blade has 110,000 sq ft for office use, 7,200 sq ft of space of which was let to Gateley, a law firm, for £34 per sq ft, one of the highest rents Reading has achieved.

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