R8 is a 10-13 storey, mixed-use building designed by Piercy & Co. The building design draws inspiration from an industrial warehouse aesthetic, with exposed finishes and spacious high ceilings.
Made up of two separate buildings, R8 is built around an attractive central courtyard. The courtyard is created by English landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, who specialises in combining naturalism and modernity, and is also designing the adjacent Jellicoe Gardens. The space will also be home to a number of carefully curated business occupiers, making the courtyard a destination in itself, and offering opportunities for business collaboration.
R8 offers 67,746 sq ft of office floorspace. This includes 45,699 sq ft of B1 Offices and some 22,047 sq ft of B1 Small Business Space.
There will be 3,674 sq ft marked for voluntary sector use, and Estate Management will make up 6,361 sq ft.
Mixed size, flexible office spaces appear at upper levels in Blocks B and D and line Harrier Yard at ground level.
Location And Connections
R8 forms a transitional piece of the King’s Cross development; the meeting point of the public and commercial uses to the south of the site and the residential buildings to the north. Six tube lines, two mainline stations and Eurostar are within a seven minute walk.
Just across Cubitt Square is the eclectic mix of shopping and eating at Coal Drops Yard. The heritage buildings and cobbled streets here will be buzzing with shops, cafes, street food stalls and more. Grab a bite, and head for one of the local parks – there’s Granary Square, Gasholder Park or Lewis Cubitt Park to choose from.
A short walk through the historic centre of King’s Cross takes you to King’s Boulevard where the best of the high street will be available. And the shops and restaurants in the new King’s Cross Station and St Pancras International are seven minutes away.
A public car park will be located at the end of Handyside Street in Tapestry. While the neighbouring building, T2 is being designed to house a health club and primary healthcare centre. An outdoor multi-use games area is within a two minute walk and the new Pancras Square Leisure Centre and public library are just across the canal.
As with all the office buildings at King’s Cross, the very latest technology will reduce running costs and minimise environmental impact.
The building will meet the BREEAM standard ‘Excellent’ and will be linked to the site-wide district heating network. This network will provide close to 100% of the development’s heating and hot water needs. The building has been designed to maximise the environmental benefits of its location. Orientation, solar shading, the use of thermal mass for cooling and passive ventilation systems all contribute to energy efficiency.