King's Cross Central
Client: BNP Paribas Immobilier
Design architect: Wilmotte & Associés SA
Executive architect: Adamson Associates
Structural engineer: AKT
Services Engineer: Hoare Lea
Health and safety consutant: Confluence
Fire Strategy Consultant: Aecom
Facade access consultant: Reef Associates
Facade design consultant: Buro Happold
Quantity Surveyor: Gleeds Quantity Surveyors
Area: 49,400 m²
Construction: January 2013 - February 2015
Materials: Structure: steel / Facade: terracotta, glass & aluminium
Design of a 49,400 m² office building in Central London, close to Saint-Pancras station.
Wilmotte & Associés SA architectural practice has recently completed the design of a 49,400 m² office building in Central London, close to Saint-Pancras station. The project is currently under construction and is due to complete on site in October 2014. The building is an important component of the mixed use development in the southern part of King’s Cross Central. The scheme is currently under construction. The design team has collaborated with other Architects with regards to the building’s interface to the master plan and with Landscape Architects regarding the relationship between the building and the public realm.
The practice liaised with local planning officers, successfully gaining full planning permission. The sustainability strategy was an integral part of the concept development from the inception. The building incorporates passive design features, highly efficient building services, and a low carbon energy supply.
The building lies within the King’s Cross Conservation Area alongside the Grade I listed structures of King’s Cross and Saint-Pancras stations, the Grade II listed German Gymnasium and the Stanley Building South. The characters of these surrounding buildings are robust and simple. The curtain wall system is a re-interpretation of the local load bearing masonry with its interwoven metal frames and terracotta infills. The façades are constructed from an elegant steel framework with terracotta piers that create a rich and dynamic contrast to the other glazed areas. The simple and tectonic approach of the articulated framework draws on the language of Victorian industrial architecture.
The building is currently being assessed under BREEAM 2008 “New Construction assessment” and is expected to achieve an ‘Excellent’ rating.