FORA Reading

Location Reading, UK
Services Building services and fire engineering and acoustics
Sector Workplace
Client FORA
Architect Piercy + Company
Imagery © FORA

Located opposite Reading train station, FORA Reading provides a professional flexible workspace for companies wishing to rent desks and spaces from a month up to a five-year period.

provided mechanical and electrical engineering services to three floors of this existing building. Design included exposed services which is in line with FORA’s corporate branding and style. This meant that careful coordination was needed to provide a functioning system as well as one that would be aesthetically pleasing for the environment.

To maximise celling height to the new meeting room, Cundall engineers had to find the right balance to overcome the large structural beam supporting the building whilst providing the height needed for the room. Surveys of the existing building as well as careful positioning of the fan coil units allowed this to be achieved.

The Cundall team worked with manufacturers to investigate re-use and re-distribution of existing fan coil units and light fittings. This resulted in reduced waste and cost saving as well as maximising capacity in the open plan area.

Cundall worked with the building owner to agree a package of works to upgrade the existing plant to deliver the ventilation air required. This upgrade, along with the provision of a CO2 controlled ventilation system, avoided the cost and complexity of providing a new ventilation system.

Works were carried out on a live building, meaning that sequencing needed to be taken into consideration to allow a smooth commissioning process.

Cundall implemented FORA’s design principles throughout providing full IT/AV systems to all areas and high quality lighting installations to ensure a hotel-style service is provided to all tenants.


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Established in the UK 40 years ago, Cundall has developed into an international multi-disciplinary consultancy operating from over 20 locations across the globe.