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Bennetts Associates' King's Cross sports hall gets green light

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Plans by Bennetts Associates for a new £6 million sports hall near King’s Cross station in north London have been granted permission by Camden Council 

Backed dy developer Argent, the scheme will sit on the north east corner of the wider King’s Cross development, on the so-called Q2 site in York Way.

The hall, which will be for public use, will be built to Sport England standards and incorporate an overlaid combination of four standard badminton courts, a basketball court, a volleyball court and a five-a-side football pitch.

Part of the building will initially be used as a construction training centre, with a smaller fitness suite above.

Rab Bennetts, founding director of Bennetts Associates, said: ’As it is directly above the tunnels leading out of King’s Cross Station, it is a low-rise, lightweight structure, using cross-laminated timber to create a series of long spans with mono-pitch roofs.

’Internally the timber panels are exposed to view; externally it is heavily insulated and then clad with standing seam black zinc. The angular profile of the roofs catches the eye from York Way and from the taller residential blocks nearby, all of which will look down on the building.’

Work is expected to start on site towards the end of this year.

Project data

Location: London
Type of project: Sports hall
Client: King’s Cross Central
Architect: Bennetts Associates
Landscape architect: Townshend Landscape Architects (masterplan landscape architect)
Planning consultant: in-house Argent team
Structural engineer: Ove Arup & Partners
M&E consultant: E3 Consulting Engineers
Quantity surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
Planning supervisor: in-house Argent team
Main contractor: Carillion
Start on site date: Late 2017
Completion date: to be confirmed
Contract duration: to be confirmed
Gross internal floor area: 2032 m2
Form of contract and/or procurement: design-build
Total cost £ 6,400,000 construction value, excl. VAT

Bennetts kings cross site plan shown in red

Bennetts kings cross site plan shown in red

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