More Affordable Homes for Camden and London – at King’s Cross

Posted: Friday 11th February 2011
  • The fourth residential development, delivering 143 affordable homes, submitted to Camden Council for reserved matters approval
  • The development (on plot R5), to the north of the site, will provide a mix of high quality affordable homes including “extra care” housing for the elderly
  • King’s Cross now includes detailed plans for a total of 505 new homes – with the first residents expected to move in next year.

Detailed plans for the fourth residential development at King’s Cross have been submitted to Camden Council. Building work on the development, at plot R5, could start on site as early as May, subject to getting reserved matters approval. The homes will be purchased and managed by the development’s affordable housing partner, One Housing Group.

Clearly signalling the continued momentum on the 67 acre development, the development on York Way (R5), designed by architects Maccreanor Lavington, will deliver 143 affordable homes for local people.

King’s Cross now includes detailed plans for a total of 505 new homes – with detailed plans submitted to Camden Council for 143 in ArtHouse and 143 in R5, both on York Way, and reserved matters already approved for 219 homes – 117 in the adjacent building R4 and 102 at 1-3 Canal Reach, above the site-wide energy centre. Construction has already started on some of these homes with the first residents expected to move in next year.

Across King’s Cross there will be some 2,000 homes and serviced apartments. Over 40% of the new homes will be affordable.

The development achieves a major milestone this September when 4,500 staff and students at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – part of the University of Arts London – move into their new home at the Granary Complex, at King’s Cross.

Robert Evans from King’s Cross said:

“We’re moving full steam ahead to develop new homes within King’s Cross. Construction work has already started on our first residential building and we hope to start building the affordable homes at “R5” in May, if Camden approve the plans we have just submitted.

“These will be high quality, centrally located affordable homes. More than a quarter of it will be specifically designed for the elderly to meet a priority need within the borough.”

“We’re delighted to be forging ahead at King’s Cross. And we’re not just putting in planning submissions – we’re building too.”

The latest residential development to be submitted for approval will be split into two blocks – the northern block, comprising of 63 social rented apartments and 40 shared ownership apartments and the western block which will include 40 apartments and communal areas providing extra care housing for the elderly. This type of housing is specially designed to fit the needs of older people, allowing them to live independently and continue to play an active part in their community, whilst having access to the care and support services that they may need over time.

The development will also include the construction of a new street leading off York Way into King’s Cross – one of 20 new streets which are being created at the site. Additionally significant improvements will be made to the surrounding public space, including the top end of York Way.

One Housing Group, a registered social landlord, is the designated affordable housing provider for the first phase at King’s Cross, including R4 and R5. One Housing Group is the largest provider of affordable and supported housing in Camden, with almost 40 years of experience in the borough.

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

“We are delighted that plans are moving ahead with the next phase of affordable housing at King’s Cross Central. With London’s housing need rising, we are committed to developing high quality affordable housing to fill this gap.

“With construction already started on the adjacent plot, R4, we look forward to the first residents moving into their new homes next year and seeing the benefits that the development will bring for the community as a whole.”

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