As part of Reading’s Year of Culture and the town’s festive Christmas celebrations, Reading 2016 has created The Thames Tower High Striker, a fairground-style interactive lighting of the 15-storey building in front of Reading Station.
In the run up to Christmas, visitors to Thames Tower, a new office space in the centre of Reading, can test their strength in the style of the traditional fairground mallet and bell trial of strength – but with a difference. In this instance, the strikers will be lighting up 15 floors of Reading’s newest tower rather than ringing a bell.
Illuminating the north face of the building from the ground to top floor will create a beacon visible across Reading, and will be an eye-catching addition to the Reading skyline for everyone travelling on the Great Western Mainline in the evening rush hour.
Zsuzsi Lindsay, Producer Reading Year of Culture, said: “The Thames Tower High Striker will be one of 11 stunning illuminations casting a new light on Reading town centre this December. The 17-day event is the exciting finale of 12 months of Reading’s Year of Culture. It is a great new addition to Reading’s Christmas programme and free to enjoy.”
The Thames Tower High Striker was designed by Stuart Melrose and has been sponsored by the Landid and Brockton Capital partnership, owners of the new office development, which is scheduled to open in early 2017.
James Silver, development director at Landid said, “What an excellent way to culminate Reading’s eventful Year of Culture. We’re proud of the community engagement in this town, and pleased Thames Tower can serve as an interactive beacon of light for all to enjoy. “
Pictures by STEWART TURKINGTON