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The Blade, Reading

Office space for rent in Reading

50 to 8,407 sq ft

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The Blade, Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BD – Reading
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8 spaces available

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There are 8 separate spaces, which can be leased together to create a total size of 47,602 sq ft. View the stacking plan for this property.

Property facts for The Blade, Reading

The Blade is a striking landmark building providing high quality office space with spectacular views. The landlord, Northwood Investors, are based in the building themselves and pride themselves on a personable and hands-on service. The stunning building is complimented with a professional business lounge and co-working space for use by guests and employees alike. A variety of fitted and non-fitted suites are available with a town centre parking ratio of 1:1,000 sq ft. The Blade is within a five minute walk (through Forbury Gardens) of Reading’s main station – which provides outstanding transport links across the country and beyond. From 2021 the Elizabeth Line will provide reduced travel time into and across Central London. Heathrow will be within easy reach thanks to the proposed new £500m Western Rail Link to Heathrow scheme – meaning passengers will benefit from direct rail access to the airport from Reading. Access to the M4 at three junctions provides wider connection to the national motorway network and the M25. Reading is fit for cyclists with a 37 mile network. The Readybike hire scheme now has 29 docking stations in the town’s urban centre. Reading consistently appears at the top of many annual surveys as one of the best places to live and work in the UK. The town has attracted companies from the creative and tech industries in recent years – thanks to Reading’s vibrant local environment, diverse amenity offering and entrepreneurial spirit. Reading boasts an enviable array of shops, bars, restaurants and cultural venues – catering for all tastes and occasions. From The Oracle shopping centre with all the high street favourites and a 10 screen cinema – to music and arts at The Hexagon – to a wide range of sports facilities and activities, it’s all on your doorstep.

Building subtype
Office space
Number of storeys
Total building area
132,479 sq ft
Rentable building area
110,990 sq ft
Lot size
4.73 acres
BREEAM energy certification
Very good
Construction material
Year built

Major tenants

Pure Offices Serviced office provider based in Reading.
Barton Willmore Architectural practice with over 100 professionals working on various property types and scales.
Ascential Global specialist information, data and insights company with 39 offices worldwide.
Urban Science Business-solutions company focused on supporting marketing needs of the automotive industry.
Signant Health International healthcare technology company founded in 2018.
Gateley National law firm based in Birmingham.
CMS Top 10 global law firm that offers business-focused advice spread across 43 countries.
Hays A leading global specialist recruitment group, and the market leader in places such as the UK.
MegaBuyte Data analytics company focused on market intelligence for the IT service and software industry.
Falanx International cyber security firm based in Reading.

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About the owner

Northwood Regional UK


Northwood Regional UK employs a value-driven investment strategy with a longer-term outlook. They invest alongside institutional and private clients in a broad range of real estate and real estate-related investment opportunities in the UK, with approximately £700 million of assets under management. The Northwood team has deep experience in sourcing, executing and managing real estate transactions in the UK across all sectors. Their portfolio comprises 5 million sq ft of high quality city centre and out-of-town office buildings, business parks and serviced office accommodation as well as a wide range of industrial and distribution units across the UK, serving 1,500 occupiers. Through their group company, Pure Offices, they are a significant provider of flexible serviced office accommodation in 21 locations across the UK and through their joint venture with UK Land Estates they are the dominant provider of industrial space in the North East of England.

About the architect

Sheppard Robson & Partners


Sheppard Robson is an award-winning architecture practice. Our design approach is defined by the exploration of new ideas, processes and technologies, and our commitment to sustainability. We work on projects around the world from our offices in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Abu Dhabi. Our expertise spans a broad range of typologies: Masterplanning - Retail - Residential - Hotels - Technology - Transport & Infrastructure - Arts & Culture - Offices - Interior Design (ID:SR) - Science - Schools - Colleges - Universities - Healthcare. As architects, masterplanners and interior designers we are committed to finding the right solution for each project in response to the physical and cultural contexts and the aspirations of our clients. The practice's founding principles of innovation and sustainability continue to shape our work today, reinterpreted and enlivened by the creative talent of our designers.

Leasing team at Haslams Surveyors LLP

Reading, Gbr


Based in Reading at the heart of Berkshire and the Thames Valley, Haslams is among southern England’s largest independent commercial property agents and chartered surveyors. They offer a full range of property consultancy services including; property valuations, rent reviews, lease renewals, business rates appeals and building surveys , asbestos reports and schedules of dilapidations for their clients.

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Neil Seager, Partner

Neil joined Haslams in 2000 and became a Partner in 2006. He now heads up the Commercial Agency and Development team who advise clients on all matters relating to the acquisition, sale or letting of their business premises. Neil also specialises in development and investment opportunities, with a portfolio of major corporate clients including Halfords, Standard Life and Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund.
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Harry Bevins, Associate Partner

Harry joined the Haslams Commercial Agency and Development department in February 2018 after nearly 4 years at Reading firm, Hicks Baker. During which time he completed a Masters degree in Real Estate and undertook his Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). He now operates as a qualified Chartered Surveyor. Harry’s specialty lies in advising clients on all matters relating to the acquisition, sale and letting of their business premises, with experience in all commercial property sectors, as well as previous experience in residential agency.

Leasing team at Lambert Smith Hampton Ltd

Reading, Gbr


Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) is one of the UK and Ireland's leading, and most progressive, property consultancies with over 40 offices and 1,700 staff. They help owners, investors and occupiers achieve their business goals with a suite of integrated services including sourcing, planning, funding, advising, managing, valuing and selling properties, across both the public and private sectors. They are passionate about the work we do within the built environment, ensuring communities remain connected, while relentlessly challenging the status quo. After all, it’s t heir lifeblood to find new ways to solve the biggest property challenges of t their ime.

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Jeremy Rodale, Director/Business Space - South East

Leasing team at Hatch Real Estate



Through our intimate knowledge of the market, we pride ourselves on creating compelling opportunities for our clients. We deliver an experienced, energetic and innovative service right through to the conclusion of the project. We believe in quality over quantity – we are passionate about giving more time to each instruction to maximise our client’s return on investment.

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Tom Fletcher, Director

Tom has always had a strong desire to set up a real estate consultancy in his own image – based on passion, innovation and creativity. He’s driven by the fact that the buck stops with him and that his clients’ objectives are so aligned with his own. Tom has known his business partner, Philip Hunter, for over twenty-seven years and the trust between them is a key foundation for their business. He is a specialist in the Thames Valley office market, acting for landlords, developers, investors and corporate occupiers. Tom prides himself on seeking innovative solutions to give his clients the edge in whatever they are trying to achieve.

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