First Residents Moving Into King’s Cross

Posted: Friday 13th July 2012
  • The first homes at King’s Cross have been completed – Rubicon Court provides 117 affordable homes and the first residents will move in next week.
  • Rubicon Court has been delivered by King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) for affordable housing partner, One Housing Group. One Housing Group will own and manage the homes for sale and rent.
  • Rubicon Court was delivered under a Framework Agreement between KCCLP and One Housing Group. The Framework Agreement provides for the delivery of more than 300 affordable homes within five buildings at King’s Cross (four of which are complete or under construction).
  • The delivery of these homes was supported by grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.

This week (2 July) sees the completion of the first homes at King’s Cross, with residents moving into the new apartments on 9 July. The 117 homes at Rubicon Court, on York Way, have been designed and delivered by King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) for One Housing Group.

The building, designed by PRP Architects, includes 78 social rented apartments, which will be allocated to people on Camden Council’s housing list (under a local lettings plan agreed between Camden Council, One Housing Group and KCCLP)and 15 supported housing apartments, allocated through Camden Council working in partnership with the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

Also, as part of the building, there are 24 shared ownership homes. These are available through One Housing Group’s sales agent, Site Sales.

Mick Sweeney, Chief Executive at One Housing Group, said: “We are delighted that our residents will be the first to move into King’s Cross and look forward to seeing the positive difference that their new homes will make to their lives. The scheme’s tenure mix aims to create a balanced community that drives aspiration. We are all too aware of the urgent need for high quality affordable housing in London and that’s why we are committed to continuing to build despite the economic downturn. We plan to build or acquire 4,500 new homes between 2011 and 2014.”

Robert Evans, from King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership, said: “We are delighted to see the first residents moving into our King’s Cross development. Rubicon Court sets high standards for well-planned, thoughtfully designed, high-quality housing and rightly so. These affordable homes, for sale and rent, are an important part of King’s Cross, alongside the students, staff and premises of Central Saint Martins, the new King’s Boulevard and Granary Square, The King’s Cross Filling Station and the many homes, offices, restaurants, shops and other facilities currently under construction.”

Councillor Julian Fulbrook, Camden Council Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We are delighted that so many people on Camden Council’s housing needs list will be moving into these homes. The homes will be a great benefit to those living in previously unsuitable accommodation and I’m sure the new residents will be very happy there.”

Jordan Perlman, PRP’s Project Architect, said: “King’s Cross has offered an unprecedented opportunity to provide high quality, new homes for London in a unique urban location. Rubicon Court contributes to the emerging mix of buildings, places and people at King’s Cross and we are proud to have been part of the team delivering the vision for the area.”

The homes at Rubicon Court have been built in small groups around three cores, creating a sense of community on each floor. A high proportion of the flats are dual aspect, with amazing views of London from the upper floors.

Almost a third of the apartments are suitable for families with either three or four bedrooms and over half the homes have generous private balconies. The homes all have high levels of insulation and ventilation and hot water will come from the King’s Cross development’s low-carbon energy centre and district heating network.

All have been designed to meet Lifetime Homes standards.

As well as bicycle storage for every home, residents are also within easy walking distance of the exceptional transport connections at King’s Cross and St Pancras International. And there are a number of bus routes on York Way and in the King’s Cross area.

Bird and bat boxes have been designed into the building and a large roof garden will be planted with the help of Global Generation, a local charity which also runs the King’s Cross Skip Garden.

The ground floor contains several retail units, which are being retained for letting by King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership.

KCCLP will complete a further 143 affordable homes for One Housing Group in “R5”, next to Rubicon Court, in early 2013. Thereafter Arthouse, with both open market and affordable homes, will be ready in Autumn 2013.

Overall, King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership is delivering more than 1,900 new homes at King’s Cross.

For more information about the shared ownership apartments, available through One Housing Group’s sales agent, Site Sales, visit www.onenewhome.co.uk

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