R7 unveiled for King’s Cross

Posted: Friday 17th April 2015

The King’s Cross partnership has received reserved matters planning consent for its latest office building, which will sit in the emerging mixed-use area of the development alongside the Central St Martins school of art and design and adjacent to the recently opened Lewis Cubitt Square and Park.

Duggan Morris Architects’ R7 totals 150,000 sq ft (NIA) with typical floor plates of 17,000 sq ft and extends over 10 floors. It is designed as a highly flexible building that could accommodate smaller, growing companies or larger occupiers requiring a whole floor or more.

The building’s ground floor houses a large, seven-metre high entrance lobby, a public space from which visitors can access a three-screen cinema and retail/restaurant space at both ground and mezzanine levels. The upper levels has highly flexible office floorplates, able to be sub-divided into a variety of smaller or larger tenancy areas and with the ability to link floors vertically via internal stairs. Each office floor will have at least one terrace, with a large, shared roof terrace on the ninth floor, on top of the lower, western block. A ‘cycle spa’, located at basement levels, will provide 260 bike spaces, changing rooms and showers for the office workers.

Will Colthorpe, King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership: “R7 is an exciting building for King’s Cross, part of the next generation of commercial space on the estate. We listened to what occupiers wanted from their workplace and distilled this into the brief that we set Duggan Morris. R7 will be architecturally elegant and full of character.”

The building will be two-toned, clad in light rose pink and deep copper pink metal panels, with extensive glazing, and terraces punctuating the facades. At ground floor, facing onto Handyside Street there will be a colonnade along part of the southern façade, to announce the main entrance.

Joe Morris, Duggan Morris Architects: “We have designed R7 to be as welcoming and as permeable as possible, with interesting office spaces and a variety of supporting uses such as restaurants and a cinema, following the King’s Cross ideal that all buildings make a positive contribution to the public realm, through their character, hierarchy, and scale.”

Immediately to the south of R7 sits Central St Martins, part of University of the Arts London, one of the world’s leading creative educational establishments. To the south east is the Midland Goods Shed and the East Handyside Canopy, which will contain a Waitrose with a cookery school, and a multi-media space run by Guardian Media Group. R7, and its working environment, has been designed to complement and add to the vibrant cultural mix emerging in this part of King’s Cross.

Work on R7 will start immediately; completion is due in 2017. Savills and DTZ are acting for KCCLP.

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