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AHMM reveals plans for King’s Cross office and theatre scheme

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AJ100 Practice of the Year Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) has revealed proposals for a 33,000m² office-led scheme in King’s Cross, featuring a 600-seat theatre

Landower King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) – which is headed by developer Argent – has submitted a reserved matters planning application to Camden Council for the project, known as P2.

The building will sit on the corner of Handyside Street and Wollstonecraft Street, next to Lewis Cubitt Square and north of Heatherwick Studio’s new shopping destination, Coal Drops Yard, which opens in October.

As well as the theatre, its bar and front and back of house facilities, the block (officially P2) will house 1,700m² of shops below nine floors of office space and a fifth-floor wraparound terrace.

The ground floor on the south side will be dedicated to retail space, further expanding the Coal Drops Yard complex; Coal Drops Yard will feature an eclectic mix of big name brands and independent boutiques when it opens in October.

James Edgerley, project director at at KCCLP, said: ‘Our outline planning permission from 2008 allowed for the possibility of a theatre and we are excited by the prospect of having one at King’s Cross.’

Wade Scaramucci, associate director at AHMM said: ’Our design responds to the historic grain of the site while creating a modern structure with warehouse-like floorplates, offering maximum volume and natural light, extensive external amenity and, critically, an active ground plane thatfully engages with the square.’

More detailed plans for the theatre will be announced later this summer.

Subject to approval work is expected to start in November this year and complete in 2021.

Project data

Location King’s Cross. On the corner of Handyside Street and Wollstonecraft Street, adjacent to Lewis Cubitt Square (to the east) and London’s new shopping destination Coal Drops Yard and Gasholders London to the south
Type of project Mixed use building proposed to contain a 600-seat theatre, 18,000m² of office and 1,700m² of shops
Client King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership
Architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Landscape architect Dan Pearson Studio (building terraces), Townshend (external public realm)
Planning consultant Argent (King’s Cross)
Structural engineerAKT II
M&E consultant Cundall
Quantity surveyor Gardiner & Theobald
Planning supervisor Principal Designer under CDM is AHMM
Lighting consultant Speirs + Major
Start on site Anticipated November 2018
Completion 2021
Gross internal floor area 33,000m²

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View looking towards Heatherwick Studio’s Coal Drops Yard


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  • Phil Parker

    ? Was this building designed in 1981? Or is it a refurb of an 80’s building. I do not believe this is proposed in 2018???

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