Camden Council signs deal for Three Pancras Square at King’s Cross

Posted: Thursday 28th July 2011

Camden Council and King’s Cross Limited Partnership (KCCLP) have signed a deal to deliver an innovative new headquarters building at Pancras Square, in King’s Cross.

The new building, which comprises some 185,000 sq ft net internal area and aims to be rated BREEAM ‘Outstanding’, will deliver new offices for Camden, two floors for KCCLP to let to other occupiers, a major new Camden leisure facility, library and access centre.

The deal means that four major buildings are now coming forward at Pancras Square, which sits in a prime location between St Pancras International and King’s Cross stations.

Three Pancras Square is designed by leading architectural practice Bennetts Associates Architects and will be submitted for approval of reserved matters shortly. The upper and lower ground floors, basement and first floors will be given over to the major new public facilities. The upper floors will provide new administrative headquarters for Camden Council and two floors of high specification offices (comprising some 31,000 sq ft net internal area) which KCCLP will retain and let to other occupiers. Together, Camden Council and KCCLP are aiming for a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating. Three Pancras Square would be one of the first inner-city buildings in the UK to achieve this top sustainability rating.

The project’s environmental strategy places an emphasis on simple sustainable design features that help control the internal temperatures of the building as well as an energy efficient ventilation system and solar panels on the building’s roof. This will mean it has low carbon emissions and make it cheaper to run.

The new building will enable the Council to deliver better, more efficient public services and achieve important cost savings. In due course, the Council will dispose or terminate leases on seven buildings including the existing Town Hall Extension building on Argyle Street but will retain the Old Town Hall building on Judd Street.

Construction work on Three Pancras Square is expected to start in early 2012, with completion due in summer 2014. KCCLP will deliver the building and together KCCLP and Camden Council have selected Kier Build to be the building contractor.

Work is also due to start in 2012 on BNP Paribas Real Estate’s new development at One Pancras Square. This new 340,000sq ft net office building, being designed for the developer BNP Paribas Real Estate by Wilmotte & Associates, will be submitted for reserved matters approval later this year and is due for delivery by end of 2014.

Meanwhile, KCCLP is gearing up to start work on Two and Four Pancras Square later this year. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects and Allies & Morrison respectively, these buildings already have full planning approval and will deliver some 180,000 sq ft net of speculative office space, ground floor retail units and a new entrance into the Underground system.

Robert Evans from KCCLP said:

“We are delighted to have signed this deal with Camden to deliver another first class building on Pancras Square. Three Pancras Square will be a very high quality building, combining flexible office spaces and modern public facilities with elegant architecture and the very highest standards of sustainability.

“The deal means we now have four major office buildings at Pancras Square coming forward together.”

Cllr Theo Blackwell, Camden Council Cabinet member for Finance said:

“For more than 20 years the Council has driven the regeneration of King’s Cross. With this new building we will be an active and permanent part of it, linking the largest inner city development in Western Europe with the rest of the borough.”

“The new offices are part of a long-term programme to lower the cost of running services. The new building in King’s Cross will give us the opportunity to reduce the amount of taxpayers money we spend on Council offices. We will also secure the benefits we negotiated in King’s Cross, delivering a brand new two-pool public sports centre, central customer service centre and new library for the local community.”

Rab Bennetts, Founding Director at Bennetts Associates Architects, said:

“This project represents the future for many public sector projects, with office, council, leisure and library facilities combined in one efficient, integrated building. Camden and KCCLP’s ambition for a highly sustainable building is consistent with our own and will take our expertise in ‘green’ buildings, built up over the last twenty years, to another level.”

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