Green buildings

Every building at King’s Cross is designed with environmental sustainability at its core


Sustainable by design

The very latest technology and innovation is being used in the design of the buildings at King’s Cross. Not only does this minimise environmental impact and reduce running costs but it also creates a better, healthier environment for the people who work and live in the buildings.

Orientation, solar shading, the use of thermal mass for cooling and passive ventilation systems help make the buildings extremely energy efficient. All the buildings draw on the latest water-saving and recycling technologies and where possible, roofs are planted with allotments, gardens and lawns.

Autumn flowers in the roof garden of Two Pancras SquareThe office buildings in particular have been designed to achieve environmental performance at least 40% greater than required in building regulations. Already, the three completed buildings at Pancras Square have achieved a BREEAM “Outstanding” rating.

How are the buildings heated?

Each new building connects to the on-site Energy Centre through the district heating network. The centre provides power and generates heat via Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engines. This is a very efficient way to heat the buildings and it means that there will be no need for conventional boilers in the buildings themselves. The centre provides close to 100% of the development’s heat and hot water needs. Learn more about the King’s Cross Energy Centre.

Where does the waste go?

At King’s Cross, we aim to send zero waste to landfill. In 2014/15 we manage achieved this goal for public waste! Our waste from the public areas and the buildings is channelled through three streams – direct recycling, food waste and mixed waste which goes to incineration for energy.

Our non-recyclable waste goes to a Veolia Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Deptford
Our mixed recycling goes to a Veolia Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Southwark
Our food waste is handled by Bio Collectors in Sutton.

In 2014/15 over 90% of construction waste was diverted from landfill. We’re hoping to up this rate next year through clear waste segregation practices and tool-box talks to employees.

Solar panels on the roof of Five Pancras Square, King's Cross What is BREEAM?

BREEAM is the world’s most widely used environmental assessment method. The measure is used to judge the environmental performance of office buildings and helps construction professionals understand and lessen the environmental impacts of the buildings they design and build. The assessment scores buildings against a set of criteria giving a rating of pass, good, very good, excellent or outstanding.

The planning agreements for King’s Cross require that all office buildings are designed to a BREEAM rating of “Very Good”. We’re aiming above this – with a goal of  “Excellent” as the minimum for all new buildings, and “Outstanding” as the goal.

The new headquarter building for the London Borough of Camden, Five Pancras Square, was one of London’s first BREEAM “Outstanding” buildings. In fact, to date, all three completed office buildings at Pancras Square have achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating.

Fast facts

BREEAM3 BREEAM Outstanding buildings

Heat demand99% will be met by the energy centre

Green roofsC. 9,000sqm delivered or planned

Power demand79% off-set by CHP engines


To find out more about energy and sustainability at King’s Cross please contact Steven Kellett.

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