[First look] Bennetts Associates has been appointed to design a new headquarters for Camden Council in Kings Cross, London
Development body King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) signed an agreement with the council last week to deliver a 17,000m² building at Pancras Square within the 27-hectare Kings Cross regeneration area.
The project will provide a leisure facility, library and access centre for the council while two floors will be let to other occupiers.
The scheme is aiming for BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating and will be submitted for reserved matters planning approval shortly.
Following the deal the council will dispose or terminate leases on seven properties including its Town Hall Extension building on Argyle Street.
Camden Council’s Old Town Hall on Judd Street will be retained.
Rab Bennetts, Bennetts Associates Architects founding director said: ‘This project represents the future for many public sector projects, with office, council, leisure and library facilities combined in one efficient, integrated building.
‘Camden and KCCLP’s ambition for a highly sustainable building is consistent with our own and will take our expertise in “green” buildings, built up over the last twenty years, to another level.’
Robert Evans from KCCLP added: ‘We are delighted to have signed this deal with Camden to deliver another first class building on Pancras Square. Three Pancras Square will be a very high quality building, combining flexible office spaces and modern public facilities with elegant architecture and the very highest standards of sustainability.
‘The deal means we now have four major office buildings at Pancras Square coming forward together.’
Construction work on the scheme is expected to start in early 2012. The project is planned to complete in 2014.