First Private Homes for sale approved at King’s Cross

Posted: Monday 28th March 2011
  • A stunning new building with the first private homes for sale at King’s Cross, secures reserved matters approval from Camden Council
  • Around a third of the 143 homes (114 private, 29 affordable), designed by award winning architects dRMM, will be family-sized
  • Construction of the highly sustainable building, which is in a prime location at King’s Cross, is due to start in the autumn.

Detailed plans for the first “open market” homes at King’s Cross within “ArtHouse” have been given the go-ahead by Camden Council (Thursday 10 March).

The stunning looking building with its castellated design, terracotta tiled façade and sliding louvered shutters by award winning architects dRMM, will have 143 apartments, almost a third of which will be family sized – with three or four bedrooms. Interior specialists Johnson Naylor have planned the bright and spacious living spaces.

The new homes will enjoy panoramic views over London and a prime location, close to the best transport interchange in London, the Regent’s Canal and Granary Square and immediately next to the new University of the Arts London and Handyside Park. The latter is due to be finished to coincide with the completion of the building in 2013.

The recesses on the park-side of the building will create space for three new courtyards and ensure more of the apartments can enjoy a view of the park from their generously sized balconies. Private landscaped roof terraces will also be created for the apartments on the seventh floor.

The highly sustainable homes also have a number of environmental features including connections to the site-wide, low-carbon district heating system; sliding louvre panels to provide solar shading; highly efficient and targeted cooling; photovoltaic panels; a cycle parking space for every apartment; and a brown roof. . The building aims to achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 rating as a minimum.

Reserved matters approval for ArtHouse is the latest in a series of recent milestones signalling the continued momentum on the 67 acre site. Already this year construction has started at King’s Cross on the first affordable homes in Building ‘R4′ and last month detailed plans were submitted to Camden Council for 143 affordable homes on the neighbouring plot ‘R5′.

Robert Evans from King’s Cross said:

“We are making real progress on the first homes at King’s Cross and are thrilled that Camden Council voted unanimously to approve our detailed plans for ArtHouse. These will be stunning, contemporary and spacious homes in a prime location with the new University of the Arts, Handyside Park, Granary Square, the Regent’s Canal, Kings Place and exceptional transport connections all on the doorstep. We plan to start on site in the autumn.”

“Further up York Way, we have already started building our first affordable homes and the first residents will move in next year.”

ArtHouse will have a secure basement car park for 37 cars and on the ground floor there will also be space for several commercial units alongside entrances to the homes above,. The floor-to-ceiling glazing to the commercial units will allow people walking along York Way to see through the bottom of the building and glimpse Handyside Park on the other side. A wider pavement and street trees will vastly improve York Way for pedestrians.

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