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dMFK wins approval for King’s Cross office refurb

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Islington Council has approved plans by dMFK Architects for the refurbishment of a 1980s office block in King’s Cross, central London 

Plans for the £10 million scheme in Pentonville Road involve transforming York House to provide 4,924m² of office and co-working space, a gym and a café. It also includes a single-storey extension to the roof, a part one, part two-storey addition to the rear, and a five-storey brick latticed front entrance extension. 

Backed by The Office Group, the project will retain the Torigenus cast aluminium sculpture on the east elevation of the building, created by sculptor Geoffrey Clarke in 1982.

Julian de Metz, director of dMFK Architects, said: ‘Our design for York House aims to revive the building by highlighting its positives and introducing new elements to counteract its austere character.

’The new brick lattice extension is a bold addition which will create a perforated, luminous and welcoming beacon on Pentonville Road.’

Work is set to start on site this October, with a completion date scheduled for 2019. 

Project data 

Location York House, 207-221 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross, London N1
Type of project Refurbishment and extension of existing building
Client The Office Group
Architect dMFK Architects
Landscape architect Space Hub
Planning consultant Lichfields
Structural engineer Webb Yates
M&E consultant EEP
Quantity surveyor Quantem
Planning supervisor Lichfields
Lighting consultant EEP/DMFK
Main contractor Collins Construction
Start on site date expected October 2017
Completion date 2019
Contract duration 12 months
Gross internal floor area 6,039m²
Procurement Negotiated tender
Total cost circa £10 million

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