'Terracotta' Thames Tower plan unveiled for Reading

Thames Tower artist impression Image copyright DN-A
Image caption Developers want to reclad the building in terracotta to mirror red brick buildings in the town

Plans to refurbish a "worn and dated" building in Reading town centre have been unveiled.

Developers want to add four storeys to Thames Tower in Station Road and give it a terracotta cladding to mirror redbrick buildings in the town.

The previous owners wanted to replace the derelict 1974 office block with a 25-storey skyscraper but scrapped the plans last year.

The current proposals are on display in the building until 18:00 BST.

'Deserves landmark'

Brockton Capital and Landid Property, which jointly own the site, bought the building from the previous owner, LaSalle, in January.

Image caption Previous owners had planned to demolish Thames Tower (left) and replace it with a 25-storey skyscraper

They plan to increase the height of the tower near Reading Station from 45m (147ft) to 55m (180ft).

A planning application has been submitted to Reading Borough Council.

In the application the developers said: "The objective of this development is to re-engineer and reinvigorate a worn and dated 1970s building into a mixed use workplace of the 21st Century."

They added: "The current building is neither the landmark nor the statement that this location deserves."

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