Planning permission for Camden Council’s contact centre and office accommodation, new two-pool public sports centre and modern public library at King’s Cross have been given the green light.
The planning application, which was submitted by King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP), was approved by Camden Council’s Development Control Committee last night (3 November 2011).
The new sustainable building, built to high green standards, will be at the heart of the wider King’s Cross development at Pancras Square, which includes new shops, leisure facilities and open spaces.
Cllr Theo Blackwell, Cabinet member for Finance, Camden Council said:
”For more than two decades 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 residents in the rest of the borough. The new building will provide new public services for local residents and save in excess of £77m which would otherwise be bled from other budgets to refurbish and maintain existing public buildings.
“The new building will provide a modern new library and sport facilities and Contact Centre making it easier for residents to use services. It will also offer us more efficient and cost effective office accommodation, saving the taxpayer money which can be invested elsewhere. It is a self-financing solution which will not take funding away from service budgets.”
The sale/termination of leases at seven existing buildings together with savings on running costs will pay for the new facility. It will include office accommodation for the Council and others and lead to savings on the Council’s hefty maintenance bills in the future.
King’s Cross is one of the largest developments of its kind in Europe, and is delivering up to 2,000 new homes, 3.4m sq ft net of office space and 500,000sq ft of retail space. There will be 20 new streets, 10 major public spaces and 20 historic buildings and structures are being restored and refurbished across the 67 acre site.
Robert Evans from King’s Cross said:
“We are delighted Camden Council’s development control committee has approved the detailed plans for Building 3 (B3) at Pancras Square. This will be a very high quality building, combining flexible, efficient office spaces for the Council and others and modern public leisure and library facilities with elegant architecture and the very highest standards of sustainability. This decision means that we can now bring forward, at the same time, four major office buildings around Pancras Square for completion in 2014 and 2015.”
Together, Camden Council and KCCLP are aiming to make the Council’s new building one of the first inner-city buildings in the UK to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ sustainability rating. This is the highest level of sustainability and would place the building at the forefront of sustainable design.
Building work on-site is due to start early next year, with completion scheduled for summer 2014.