A new community Sports Hall is set to open in King’s Cross, featuring an indoor sports centre, a health and fitness suite across two levels and modern changing facilities.
Construction starts in 2017 on the sports hall, which will be built to Sport England standards. The hall can be used as a combination of four badminton courts, a basketball court, a volleyball court or a five-a-side football pitch.
Located less than ten minutes from King’s Cross station, the new facility is to be built between York Way and Wilberforce Street.
Initially, the building will provide a temporary home for the Construction Skills Centre with a small fitness suite on the upper floor, before opening fully to the public as a community sports centre.
Designed by Bennetts Associates, the striking building features a black zinc facade with wooden framed windows. With Network Rail tunnels just 2.5m to 3m below ground level, the build will be extremely challenging. Luka Vukotic senior project manager at Argent explains, “We had to reduce the building’s weight as much as possible, and the answer was to use a steel frame with cross laminated timber planks – you can’t have anything super heavy.” The building is primarily constructed using glulam timber columns, a natural alternative to steel and concrete that is both lightweight and carbon friendly.