Alok Sharma MP together with pupils from Whitley Park Primary School have attended a topping-out ceremony at Mapletree’s Green Park for its latest phase of development at 400 and 450 Longwater Avenue totalling 233,988 sq ft of Grade A office space.
To mark the occasion, the MP for Reading West helped the local primary school children plant a sapling tree and joined them on a guided tour of the development.
Construction began on 400 & 450 Longwater Avenue in spring last year and is due for completion this autumn. Two 116,994 sq ft Grade A office buildings are being built speculatively at the 195-acre business park which currently offers 1.4 million sq ft of premium office space across nineteen office buildings.
Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West and secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, said: “I was delighted to attend the topping out ceremony at Green Park’s latest phase of development, along with enthusiastic pupils of Whitley Park Primary School. Investment by international investors such as Mapletree demonstrates a huge vote of confidence in Reading and the British economy more widely. I look forward to returning to the site once it is completed in the autumn.”
Rory Carson, Mapletree’s vice president of Asset Management in the UK, said: “We are delighted that the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP and the pupils from Whitley Park Primary School could join us for the topping out ceremony at 400 & 450 Longwater Avenue. Once the two new buildings are completed in the autumn, the total amount of office space will increase to approximately 1.6 million sq ft, providing capacity for a further 2,500 people to join the Green Park business community.”
Carson continued: “Ready for occupation in autumn 2020, 400 & 450 Longwater Avenue will provide a total of 233,988 sq ft of Grade A, column free space over five floors, surrounded by bio-diverse landscaped grounds overlooking Longwater Lake. This latest development underpins Green Park’s ethos of providing an occupier-centric approach in all that we do, with the building designs having been accredited by the WELL Building Institute. In addition, they are expected to achieve a BREEAM Excellent certification.”