Plans have been submitted by Bennetts Associates for a new sports hall near King’s Cross station in north London.
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.
Argent project manager Luka Vukotic said the design of the scheme was ’exceptionally important’.
’There are Network Rail tunnels just 2.5m to 3m below ground level, so it was very challenging to design a building for this site,’ he said.
Cross-laminated timber soldier walls and slabs have been paired with glulam columns and beams for the project in an effort to keep weight down. Much of the timber will be exposed inside the building, which Vukotic said would ensure the building was ‘true to itself’ and offered a ‘great atmosphere’.
Bennetts kings cross front entrance
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: to be confirmed
Completion date: to be confirmed
Contract duration: circa 50 weeks
Gross internal floor area: circa 2,050m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: design-build
Bennetts kings cross site plan shown in red