Affordable Homes given the go ahead at King’s Cross Central

Posted: Tuesday 13th April 2010

  • Residential building, delivering 117 affordable homes, secures reserved matters approval
  • Rubicon Court will provide a mix of high quality affordable homes and amenity space
  • Across the 67 acre site, housing, student housing, offices and infrastructure are coming forward, with the proceeds reinvested in yet further delivery

Detailed plans for the first fully residential building at King’s Cross have been given the green light by Camden Council (Thursday 8 April 2010).

Signalling yet another sign of continued momentum on the 67 acre development, Rubicon Court, designed by PRP Architects, sits on York Way (the eastern side of the site). It will deliver 117 affordable homes, comprising 15 supported housing apartments, 77 general needs social rented apartments and 25 shared ownership apartments.

A large proportion (32%) of apartments cater for families with either three or four bedrooms. Additionally, the R4 scheme provides a significant amount of private amenity space for residents. Over half the homes will have generous private balconies and a private roof terrace will be created.

The building also benefits from being immediately adjacent to high quality public spaces such as the East Lane Garden and Courtyard and the York Way Recreation Space. These two areas are part of site-side plan to provide exemplar public space across King’s Cross. Over 40% of the development will be world-class public realm, with the highest standards in design, management and maintenance.

The successful progression of this plot follows a development agreement last year between One Housing Group and King’s Cross to deliver the first phase of affordable homes, which includes the development of the R4 plot. That agreement is underpinned by a £42m HCA funding package for One Housing Group. Construction of R4 is expected to get under way this summer, with the first residents due to move in early 2012.

Robert Evans from King’s Cross said:

“We are delighted that the Council voted unanimously to approve our detailed plans for Rubicon Court. It means that the first residents should be moving in well before the 2012 London Olympics. These will be high quality affordable homes – centrally located, thoughtfully planned, intelligently designed and very well managed.”

Approval of R4 follows other significant plots on site securing reserved matters approval, such as 1-3 Canal Reach – which will house the development’s site wide energy centre, Plot R2 – where J Sainsbury is expected to move its UK Store Support Centre, and the Eastern Goods Yard, which from 2011 will be home to some 4,500 staff and students from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

In addition, building on the £150m investment by the King’s Cross Limited Partnership last year, the partners have recently committed to invest a further £50m to unlock more development. This investment will include the delivery of the Boulevard – London’s first new major street in 100 years; the realignment and re-profiling of Good’s Way; final finishes to Granary Square – a major new public square for London; Cubitt Square and Cubitt Park.

Alan Williams, Group Development Director at One Housing Group said:

“We are delighted that building R4 now has the go ahead and look forward to seeing the benefits that this first phase and the development as a whole will bring to the local community.”

Ziba Adrangi, Director, PRP Architects comments:

“The R4 development realises an exciting opportunity to provide contemporary homes of lasting quality in a new urban quarter. The robust and elegant design creates homes of real quality and makes a positive contribution to the public realm of this emerging area.”

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