Kings Point Development
Reading, United Kingdom
Independent Design Study
Rutherford Harvey Architecture LLP
24 Storeys, 80m tall, 120 Apartments
Following on from the King’s Point Feasibility Study, the Point Tower option is developed as a proposed design for the site. The Point Tower is selected based on the opportunities for views, communal public and semi-private space, efficient wall to floor ratios and systematic simplicity offering repetition in apartment layouts and exterior wall components.
The developed exterior wall design focuses on the strategic positioning of solidity and openness to balance the needs for privacy in bedroom areas and openness in living spaces to take advantage of views and natural light whilst ensuring the needs of Part L are met. The exterior wall is designed as the assembly of standardised components including curtain wall unitised glazed panels, pre-cast concrete panels and pre-fabricated balconies to ensure rapid construction, reduction in on-site waste and quality control.
Taking advantage of the southern aspect towards the canal, the ground floor is arranged to provide a retail / restaurant space that will engage with the public promenade and add value to the overall development. A secondary retail space is located along the main street frontage to offer additional revenue generation. A shared terrace space above the retail offers an outdoor space adjacent to the spa and other amenities for residents and visitors to meet, relax and enjoy refreshments. The upper terraces provide additional communal gathering spaces and gardens for the residents and their guests.
The building is comprised predominantly as one and two bedroom units, with three bedroom and larger penthouse units able to be configured within the standard floor plates. The pinwheel form of the building in plan creates a four way symmetry that offers efficiencies in the repetitive design of the apartments. This strategy allows for economies of scale in the procurement of standardised components including the use of bathroom and kitchen pods, pre-fabricated balconies and unitised exterior wall systems.