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Squire and Partners bags planning for King's Cross housing

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Plans by Squire and Partners for a new mixed-use residential scheme at King’s Cross have been given the go ahead

London Borough of Camden last week granted permission for the part eight-storey and part 11-storey building which will provide 61 flats and two shops.

The detailed permission covers a site within the overall masterplan for former railway land at King’s Cross by developer Argent.

A report by planning officers said the general layout and design of the proposed homes ‘is of high quality’.

No affordable housing is provided by the scheme, though the developers are required to meet a percentage of 38.5 per cent agreed in the 2009 outline permission.

According to the planning report, the main elevations of the building are composed of a pre-cast masonry frame which will be infilled with glazing set at an angle and decorative metal screens.

Side elevations will be primarily pre-cast masonry with some slot windows.

The same pattern used on the metal screens will be cast onto the masonry on these elevations.

‘The architect has stated that the pattern has been inspired by the historic dense network of train tracks that once passed through {the plot} and also takes inspiration from the tree canopy and appearance of a degrading leaf,’ according to planners.

Private roof terraces are provided at roof level as well as a large area of green roof.

The plans will also see the creation a new public gardens which is based on the structure of a London Square but which also draws inspiration from Persian garden design which celebrates ‘the traditions of geometry, enclosure, symmetry and an axial arrangement of water emanating from a central pavilion.’


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  • The architecture of money, rather than people - and neither the applied decoration nor the public garden design look as if they'll make much difference to what will basically be a rather sterile and anonymous environment.

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