World Class Student Housing at King’s Cross Given Green Light

Posted: Friday 14th January 2011
  • 657 much needed student bedrooms to be delivered at King’s Cross
    Stunning building designed by Glenn Howells Architects
  • The 27-storey building will create a high quality landmark building at the northern tip of the development, next to High Speed 1

Permission has now been granted for student accommodation on the King’s Cross development. Camden Council resolved to grant permission in November 2010 and the plans were then referred to the Mayor of London who is content to allow the scheme to proceed. The Section 106 Agreement has now been signed and the permission was issued on 11 January 2011.

The building, designed by leading architecture firm Glenn Howells Architects, will be 14 storeys high for the most part, rising to 27 storeys at one end and will deliver 657 much needed student bedrooms.

The accommodation will be developed by Urbanest UK. Urbanest UK signed an agreement for lease with the King’s Cross Limited Partnership (KCCLP) in September 2010. Under the structure of the deal, Urbanest will develop and own the building under a long lease from KCCLP.

It is expected to be ready for occupation for the 2013/14 academic year, two years after The Granary Complex, at King’s Cross, becomes home to 4,500 staff and students at the University of Arts London, which includes Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

The building will create a strong urban marker within ‘Zone T’ at the northern end of the 67 acre development site. It will wrap around a new courtyard space at ground level which will be open to the public and will contain seating, planting and public art.

Inside there will be a mixture of cluster flats and self-contained studios, with some commercial space at ground level. The building is designed to be highly sustainable, aiming to achieve major carbon savings and a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

Robert Evans, from King’s Cross, said:

“We are delighted that the permission has now been granted for this landmark student accommodation building at King’s Cross. This is another important milestone for the project. The T6 building will enhance the original masterplan and unlock yet further investment in new public realm and other infrastructure at King’s Cross.”

Glenn Howells, from Glenn Howells Architects, said:

“From the outset of the project, we have had a strong vision for this building that addresses not only the practical requirements of student accommodation, but that will deliver an architecturally strong, innovative and sustainable end product.

“Gaining approval from Camden Council is excellent news for this site and the wider King’s Cross Central development. And, having worked closely with the council planning department to arrive at this point, we are now looking forward to continuing this relationship to progress the scheme.”

Johnny Manns, from Urbanest, said:

“We are delighted that the London Borough of Camden shares our visions for this project, and we are now working to deliver this landmark scheme for our university partners by 2013.”

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