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Jestico + Whiles wins green light for railside homes at King's Cross

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Islington Council has approved plans by Jestico + Whiles for this 156 home scheme at the north-eastern tip of the King’s Cross masterplan

The scheme for Telford Homes will sit on a derelict 1.9ha plot off Caledonian Road bounded by the East Coast mainline and the London Overground.

Designed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5, the development features seven new residential buildings ranging from three to six storeys arranged ‘in a linear configuration running parallel to the railway’ plus a series of standalone housing blocks along the southern perimeter.

A new end-terrace at the site entrance building will contain commercial space, flats and an energy centre.

Formerly used as industrial land, the ‘challenging’ site was compulsory purchased in 1996 to allow for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link into St Pancras which now runs underneath the northern part of the land.

The buildings will be clad in brick and glazed ceramic tiles with metal patterned fretwork detailing which, according to the practice, ‘invokes the wrought-iron railings found in the conservation area’.

Work on site is expected start later this year, with completion scheduled for mid-2017.

Project Team

Architect: Jestico + Whiles
Client: Telford Homes
Structural Engineer: Conisbee
Landscape Architect: Standerwick Land Design
M&E Consultation: Mendick Waring
CDM Coordinator: Collaton Safety Management Ltd
Acoustic Consultant: Cass Allen
Arboricultural Consultant: Sharon Hosegood
Planning Consultant: GL Hearn
CDM Coordinator: MG Safety Services

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