Planning approval given for next King’s Cross office buildings

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Posted: Friday 23rd September 2016

Plans for the remaining buildings within Zone T, two large, pre-let opportunity office buildings on Canal Reach at King’s Cross, have been given the go ahead by Camden Council.

Buildings T2 and T3, to be named 11 and 21 Canal Reach respectively, comprise 12 and 10 storeys, and bring an additional 48,400 sqm GEA of commercial space to the T Zone (c. 400,000 sq ft). They add to the 323,000 sqm of office floor space approved at King’s Cross to date.

Both mixed-use buildings are designed by Bennetts Associates and will combine office space with flexible retail spaces at ground level, fronting onto a new street called Canal Reach. There will also be a Public Health Care Centre (PHCC) located on the ground floor of T2, to be run by NHS England, which will provide health services to patients in the local community.

The buildings’ façades will reference the site’s railway and industrial past, with a light bronze metallic finish. The west side of the buildings, visible from the railway tracks, will pick up on the yellow-bronze colours of the railway-scape, adopting a metallic finish which responds to the light as the curve of the building changes its angle to the sun. Forming a continuous crescent, they will become a unified part of the townscape, complimenting Canal Reach with outdoor areas to catch the morning sunshine.

In addition, there will be two large roof terraces, with planting inspired by mature ‘meadow’ wildflower and tree-scapes, giving visitors and office workers the chance to take in spectacular views of the nearby Gasholder Park and Regent’s Canal. Both buildings are targeting the BREEAM standard ‘Outstanding’.

David Laing, Studio Director at Bennetts Associates commented:

“This is our fourth major project for Argent at King’s Cross and we’re delighted that it has been approved. As with our community building for Camden Council at 5 Pancras Square it aims to achieve BREEAM Outstanding whilst having a strong architectural form which in this case is based on a crescent comprising four faceted facades each of which has a solar control function. Internally, the lessons from previous projects of exposed thermal mass and air circulation have resulted in taller than normal workspace and a lively arrangement of atria. The T2 and T3 projects form a backdrop to the northern part of the King’s Cross site, reflecting the curve of the adjacent railway lines.”

Speaking about the planning approval, Will Colthorpe of Argent, King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership, said:

“This planning permission further reinforces King’s Cross’ position as central London’s latest business district. Over 20 companies and organisations are now based at King’s Cross, including Google, Office Group, and Louis Vuitton. T2 and T3 will provide a significant quantum of further world class office space. The designs complement the existing public realm and further add to the character of the area.”

The timetable for construction of these buildings will be announced in due course.

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