Britain’s most beautiful estate agency series: Best for Reading

In our quest for Britain’s most beautiful or quirky estate agency office, we were struck by the building belonging to Haslams in Reading, Berkshire.

Haslams is the oldest estate agent in town. Its former offices were in Friar Street – and when it decided it needed larger offices, it moved all of two minutes down the road.

But the move took months to achieve.

The new offices are in a building originally built by British Gas in 1905, complete with demonstration kitchens where home economists developed new recipes.

Later, MFI were based out of the building and then more recently Confetti.

The building was then empty for some time before being purchased by Haslams almost two years ago.

The scheme required extensive stripping out of the existing retail space back to a shell – including asbestos removal.

The original ground floor was demolished as the design concept called for a new raised level mezzanine floor to be constructed to increase ceiling height in lower ground floor and provide natural light to this space.

Original features were exposed and some restored.

There is a lower basement section which was excavated and underpinned to provide workable ceiling height – this area is currently used for storage but provides further expansion space for Haslams to develop.

After the building was taken back to its shell, the actual fit-out took 13 weeks to complete.

The results are  – to use an estate agent’s favourite word – stunning.

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4 Comments

  1. Gump

    Stunning indeed 🙂

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  2. Andy W

    I have to say, you have to visit the location to really admire this one. As an Agent I’ll admit that I’m a bit jealous of it! I visit Reading regularly to see family and you can’t help but stop and stare through the window for a little while to admire it, it always looks sleek and clean, and they have a couple of standout features such as displaying unique art for sale in the window, and a huge screen just inside which displays things out of office hours like live sport (I caught the end of the Six Nations final thanks to that screen last year!)

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  3. NewHomesExp

    Stunning office.   Fantastic business and proof that you don’t need to have lots and lots of offices to be hugely successful.   They’ve got a brilliant New Homes business and quite clear that this is a brilliant environment for an aspiring Estate Agent to work in.

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  4. neil armitage

    Nice to see thought and design put into the work environment……………….looks like a great place to work.

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