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Government Property Agency Plans for New Weather Centre HQ

Government Property Agency Plans for New Weather Centre HQ
31 October 2023

A planning application for a new European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts has been submitted by The Government Property Agency. 

The new building at the University of Reading will be the largest cluster of weather and climate research and operational forecasting facilities in the world alongside the University’s Department of Meteorology.

The site is on the university’s Whiteknights campus and currently houses the university’s School of Art in flat-roofed, office buildings dating from the second world war. These will be demolished under the new plans. 

The building will act as the headquarters for the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), and its forecasting, research and training functions.

The project, if planning permission is granted, will be funded by the UK government through the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology. Mace Construction is set to be the main contractor.

Clive Anderson, Director of Capital Projects said: “The GPA is delighted to have submitted the planning application for this new state-of-the-art project. The GPA team has been working closely with the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology and Mace Construction to develop the submission and deliver a modern, accessible, and highly sustainable building.”

Picture: a CGI showing the proposed exterior of the new building. Image Credit: GPA

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 31 October 2023


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