[FIRST LOOK] Glenn Howells has revealed these plans for a 657-bedroom student housing block at King’s Cross Central
Dubbed the T6 building, the competition-winning, 27-storey tower scheme has now been submitted for planning with Camden Council and is expected to complete in time late 2013.
The application coincides with the signing of an agreement for lease between the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) and Urbanest UK, which will develop and own the building on a long lease from KCCLP.
The building will house ‘cluster flats’ and self-contained studios with some commercial space at ground level.
Glenn Howells, from Glenn Howells Architects, said:“From the competition stage of this project we have had a strong vision for this building, which addresses the practical requirements of student accommodation within the wider King’s Cross masterplan as well as understanding the importance of delivering an architecturally strong, innovative and sustainable end product.
‘We have worked closely with the wider design team and Camden Council’s planning team throughout the design process to develop these concept designs and submitting our proposals for this “urban marker” is a key milestone in the wider King’s Cross masterplan.’
This project was given council approval on 11 January, 2011 and a section 106 Agreement has also been signed.
Robert Evans, from King’s Cross Central, said: ‘This is another important milestone for the project. The T6 building will enhance the original masterplan and unlock yet further investment in new public realm and other infrastructure at King’s Cross.’
Glenn Howells, from Glenn Howells Architects, said: ‘From the outset of the project, we have had a strong vision for this building that addresses not only the practical requirements of student accommodation, but that will deliver an architecturally strong, innovative and sustainable end product.
‘Gaining approval from Camden Council is excellent news for this site and the wider Kings Cross Central development. And, having worked closely with the council planning department to arrive at this point, we are now looking forward to continuing this relationship to progress the scheme.’