Coffey Architects has won planning permission for a three-storey office and retail block in the Argent’s King’s Cross regeneration project site
Last night (22 February), the London Borough of Camden’s planning committee agreed with its officers’ recommendation to approve the £15 million scheme, which is the practice’s largest UK commercial project to date.
The proposed Q1 building would provide 3,962m² of office space, along with 350m² of flexible space for offices, assembly and leisure or a café.
The scheme will sit next to Bennetts Associates’ proposed £6 million sports hall on the so-called Q2 site in York Way, which was given the green light early last year.
The officers’ report said: ‘[We] consider this to be is a well-resolved and thought-through proposal.
‘It has character in its silhouette and composition, while its heritage-referenced industrial aesthetic has been softened and enriched through patterning in the façades.’
According to planning documents submitted in support of the application, the proposed design takes inspiration from the Network Rail Gasworks tunnels which run below the building, as well as the design of former industrial sheds in the King’s Cross area.
The presence of the tunnels prevented a taller building being proposed for the plot, according to the council’s planning officers.
Coffey’s proposed building is composed of glazed, embossed and perforated aluminium panels, which shift with each floorplate, and is topped with a skewed, pitched roof form.
Work is expected to start on site this summer and complete in 2020.
This is a small, but beautifully formed commercial building. It sits above the Network Rail Gasworks tunnels on the corner of York Way and Handyside Street. The building design has been borne out the constraints of the tunnels below, but this has led to some real creativity that draws on the industrial heritage of the site.
The key element of the design is the skewed, pitched roof that affords equal merit to each elevation around the building. It also provides fantastic space internally with floor to ceiling heights on the second floor reaching 6.8m at their maximum. The façade is a silver perforated aluminium that sits well with the neighbouring buildings along York Way with the black and greys of Q2 and Arthouse.
Coffey architects q1 drawing 1
Location King’s Cross, on the corner of Handyside Street and York Way
Type of project Commercial office with retail at ground floor
Client Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) - Argent
Architect Coffey Architects
Landscape architect Townshend Landscape Architects
Planning consultant Argent Internal Planning Team
Structural engineer Arup
M&E consultant E3
Quantity surveyor F&G
Planning supervisor Argent Internal Team
Lighting consultant N/A
Tender date N/A
Start on site date Summer 2018
Completion date Early 2020
Contract duration Circa 18 months
Form of contract and/or procurement Two stage Design and Build
Total cost Construction value circa £15 million
Coffey architects q1 drawing 2