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Mossessian wins planning for King's Cross offices

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Plans by Mossessian Architecture for a new 26,000m² office building at King’s Cross have been approved by Camden Council

Known as Building S2, the ten storey block in Handyside Street north west of Stanton Williams’ Central St Martins will be occupied by Google - the internet giant’s third office on the site.

The approval will not, the AJ has learned, impact on Google’s plans for a major headquarters building in King’s Cross -  a scheme orginally designed by AHMM but believed to have been taken over by Heatherwick Studios and BIG (see AJ 15.06.15). 

Mossessian’s building overlooking Lewis Cubitt Park will sit next to another block designed by the practice - Building S1 - which has yet to be put before Camden planners.

According to the studio, the two ‘classical contemporary’ buildings will be ’linked stylistically’ and feature textured black stone cladding. A passageway separating the blocks ’forms a dramatic sculptural void, linking [the buildings] inextricably and creating an almost tangible form between them.’

S2 by Mossessian Architecture on site plan of King's Cross

S2 by Mossessian Architecture on site plan of King’s Cross

Project data

Location: King’s Cross, London
Type of project Commercial: mix of B1 office and A1-3 retail
Client: King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership
Architect: Mossessian Architecture
Landscape architect: Townshend Landscape Architects
Planning consultant: Argent (Property Development) Services
Structural engineer: Ramboll
M&E consultant: Hilson Moran
Quantity surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
Planning supervisor: BCAL
Lighting consultant: Speirs & Major
Main contractor: Carillion
Start on site date: Target spring 2016
Completion date: Winter 2017
Contract duration: approximately 22-months
Gross internal floor area: Total building 26,000m²  (GIA): Office -  circa 17,600m² (NIA)
Form of contract and/or procurement: two-stage Design and Build

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