The Oracle development was designed to fit within the existing urban fabric of Reading and make a significant contribution to the town.
The vision, shared by Haskoll and Hammerson, was to create a public space defined by the river Kennet and the new buildings and establish a sense of place, somewhere of lasting value for the people of Reading, from what was previously a run down and inaccessible centre brownfield site.
Establishing The Oracle as the new heart of Reading, the inclusion of contemporary art gave a creative stimulus and defined the centre as ‘an event’. Using seven artists to create a variety of artwork including glass art, sculpture, metal work and stonework.
The Oracle Riverside is a destination in its own right. The design emphasis was on creating a memorable sense of place, incorporating restaurants, cafes, a cinema and a public art scheme supported by the Arts Council.