The Theale Centre is located in a modern building which has won awards for its environmentally responsible design and has fantastic garden and lake views. It is located near Reading on Arlington Business Park, one of the most successful high quality developments in the Thames Valley area. A number of blue-chip companies in sectors from engineering to banking and soft drinks are based here. Reading is often referred to as the commercial capital of the Thames Valley. The town is home to the headquarters of British companies and the UK offices of foreign multinationals as well as being a major retail centre. It is located along England's 'silicon corridor' which runs along the M4 motorway. Companies are attracted to the area because of the excellent communication networks and proximity both to London and Heathrow Airport. As the name suggests, the area is dominated by high-technology companies, particularly in telecommunications and IT services.