Designs revealed for new mixed-use building in King’s Cross

The building will offer a brand-new theatre for London, nine floors of flexible office space, and retail space

Posted: Friday 8th June 2018

Today, (8 June 2018), Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) submitted a reserved matters planning application to the London Borough of Camden for a mixed-use scheme in King’s Cross. It is proposed to contain a 600-seat theatre, 193,621 sq ft of office and 18,267 sq ft of retail space.

The building, known as P2 and designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), is situated on the corner of Handyside Street and Wollstonecraft Street, adjacent to Lewis Cubitt Square (to the east) and London’s new shopping destination Coal Drops Yard and Gasholders London to the south.

The new theatre is an exciting addition to London’s theatre scene and a significant cultural addition to King’s Cross, London’s new creative quarter, which already boasts Central Saint Martins’ Platform Theatre, two Everyman Cinemas, as well as nearly 30 restaurants and cafes, 26 acres of public realm and an engaging annual events programme.

Alongside the theatre, with its associated bar and front and back of house facilities, P2 will offer nine floors of flexible office space with a fifth-floor wraparound terrace. Meanwhile the ground floor on the south side will be dedicated to retail space, further expanding the Coal Drops Yard complex; Coal Drops Yard will feature an eclectic mix of big name brands and independent boutiques when it opens in October.

The building façade is comprised of honed precast concrete panels which create shadow and depth, and allow for extensive use of large format glass. The building has been designed to the high standard of BREEAM Excellent with dedicated cycle access and a large cycle parking facility, with space for 238 bicycles as well as lockers, showers and a drying room.

Speaking about the submission, James Edgerley, Project Director at at KCCLP commented:

“The plans for P2 are a welcome addition to the King’s Cross area – with a mix of shops, offices and a brand new theatre for London.  Our outline planning permission from 2008 allowed for the possibility of a theatre and we are excited by the prospect of having one at King’s Cross.

 “These plans continue to expand the offering here at King’s Cross, which later this year will see the opening of Coal Drops Yard, a new shopping street with shops, cafes, bars.  P2 and Coal Drops Yard further cement the area’s reputation as London’s newest Creative Quarter.”

 Adding to this, Wade Scaramucci, Associate Director at AHMM commented:

“King’s Cross P2 is a unique opportunity to design a new building on a strategic site in the overall King’s Cross masterplan. It will form the backdrop to Lewis Cubitt Square and the gateway to the northern portion of the wider estate.

 “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Argent on this exciting project. Our design responds to the historic grain of the site while creating a modern structure with warehouse-like floorplates offering maximum volume and natural light, extensive external amenity, and critically, an active ground plane that fully engages with the square.”

Further plans for the theatre are to be announced later this summer.