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Four of Reading’s Unique Buildings You Have To See

We’re passionate about restoring listed and older buildings to their former glory. Colin Sawyer & Son Builders Ltd are renowned in the areas in which we work for our services to these historical properties. Our skilled builders and tradesmen can transform even the most dilapidated structures into homes that remain true to their heritage. The building works provided by us for our Berkshire clients also include loft conversions and property extensions.

This blog outlines some of the most interesting buildings in Reading. With their heritage and style, they truly stand out to be admired.

The Gillette Building

This commercial Art Deco building was constructed in the 1930s and originally housed the Williamson Manufacturing Factory. They produced air cameras during both world wars for the Royal Air Force. The French cosmetics company, Bourjois, took up residence before it was firmly established as the ‘Gillette Building’.

Although part of the property wasn’t constructed until the 1950’s, the new extension remains sympathetic to the existing structure. Surprisingly, this fine example of Art Deco style only achieved ‘listed’ status in 2019.

King Edward Building

Situated on the corner of Station Road and Friar Street, the King Edward Building boasts one of the first examples of the Neo-Classical style in the town. Designed by local architects, Hoare and Wheeler, the premises was constructed in 1902 and formally housed the offices of the Inland Revenue.

It’s a pleasure for us at Colin Sawyer & Son to see older buildings brought back to life and given a chance to become someone’s home or business. Our builders acknowledge the importance of transforming a piece of public or personal history into something of value. This focus is proven in the high-quality property extensions and loft conversions we construct for our clients in Reading and the surrounding Berkshire areas.

Chazey Court Barn

Dating back to 1611, this property is in a bad state of repair and dire need of renovation. Listed as a Grade I building since 1951, it is in private hands and the subject of debate regarding its future. With its vibrant red brick and steep roof, the barn’s construction resembles that of the Elizabethan stately home, Mapledurham House, which is located 1.5 miles away.

Greyfriars Church

This Grade I listed building is the oldest Franciscan church still open to worshippers in the United Kingdom, dating back to 1311. It fell into disrepair over time with the church restored in 1863 by W.H. Woodman, the Reading Borough Surveyor. Various building works have been carried out throughout the twentieth century with modern additions to the site, such as the Vicarage building and the Greyfriars Centre.

Based in Hurst, and serving clients in Reading and the surrounding Berkshire areas, Colin Sawyer & Son creates space and comfort in your property, allowing you to stay in the home you love rather than relocate. With our range of property extensions, loft conversions and various building works, we’re a leading company in construction.

Call us on 07768 533774 and find out more about our building work services and property conversions in Reading and the surrounding areas.