Energis House (Former), Reading


Date Built
This iconic brutalist building was for many years an indication that you were about to arrive at Reading station.  It was built in the early 1970s as the home of the Metal Box Company and it was originally named Queen's House.  Apparently, the company had requested of the architect that the building be anything but a box shape and what they got was a concrete hexagonal doughnut with its own underground car park and a swimming pool that doubled as a reservoir for the sprinkler system. 

After Metal Box left the building, it became the home of Energis, a "technology-driven communications company", that over time became Cable and Wireless and eventually part of Vodaphone.  The name Energis House became the building's name.  Cable and Wireless moved out in 2012 and the building was sold by its owners, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, for £22.6million to developer Bell Hammer and its partner M&G Real Estate.

In late 2014 work began on demolishing Energis House in preparation for the construction of two new office buildings called Two and Three Reading, to accompany their existing neighbouur the appropriately named One Reading.  Below are a number of images showing the demolition process and the early stages of construction on the new buildings.


September 20, 2014

October 22, 2014

November 3, 2014