Kier has been appointed by the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) to deliver the construction contract for the 388,000 sq ft GEA building ‘P2’ at Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross.
The 12-storey scheme, the latest project being delivered as part of the 67 acre redevelopment, will primarily comprise of office accommodation over nine floors. It will also include a 600-seat theatre with associated bar and front & back of house facilities. The ground floor on the south side will be dedicated to retail space, further expanding the shopping experience outward from the Coal Drops Yard complex, which features an eclectic mix of big name brands and independent boutiques.
Designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), as a building with a defined base, middle and crown, the upper floors are set back from the lower section to reduce the overall mass of the building and create a series of generous planted terraces at the fifth floor.
The façade is comprised of honed precast concrete panels which create shadow and depth allowing for extensive use of large format glass. The building has been designed to meet the high standard of BREEAM Excellent with dedicated cycle access and a large cycle parking facility, with space for 238 bicycles as well as lockers, showers and a drying room.
Peter Young, executive director, Kier Regional Building said: “Building on our extensive experience in the area, we are delighted to again be working at King’s Cross on this important new scheme. The P2 building will form a vital part of the King’s Cross masterplan and complement the existing development to complete a key piece of the neighbourhood.”
James Edgerley, Project Director, King’s Cross, said: ”We are very pleased to have commenced construction on a key part of the King’s Cross masterplan. The building will create some fantastic and important office space, further extend the retail experience here at King’s Cross and provide an impressive new theatre on Lewis Cubitt Square. We have a long-standing relationship with Kier and we are delighted to be working again with key members of the team that delivered building R7 so successfully last year.”
This contract is the latest that Kier has been involved in at King’s Cross. Previously, Kier has delivered the award-winning R7 scheme comprising offices above a cinema and restaurant space. It has also been involved in the redevelopment of the Grade II listed Midland Goods Shed and East Handyside Canopy for supermarket chain Waitrose with nearby offices space for NewDay, as well as the £42m ArtHouse scheme, a residential development; and 5 Pancras Square, Camden Council's community building with council offices, a leisure centre and library, heralded as one of the greenest public buildings in the UK.
Work has already begun on the pre-construction phase and P2 is due to be completed in 2021.