As one of the first buildings on the North of the King’s Cross development R7 had to stand out. The challenge was to deliver striking architecture, high quality offices alongside a ground floor open to the public.
The building had to be capable of housing forty commercial tenants, whilst delivery was complicated due to the confined development site and the nearby Piccadilly line.
The building’s ziggurat shape, stepping at each floor, and location demanded an elegant solution that could still deliver signature architecture. We eliminated the need for scaffolding by prefabricating the building’s unique façade almost entirely offsite. The light rose and deep copper cladding was delivered in fully glazed unitised panels; a construction technique that is efficient, safe and fast to install.
To allow for so many potential tenants, the structure, services, staircases and toilet access have all been designed so that each floor can be split into four distinct offices. To give even more option, soft spots (removable, lightweight steel and timber panels) enable internal staircases to be added between floors, giving tenants the option of expanding upwards as their business flourishes.
By value, offsite technology accounts for a quarter of the project’s build cost. The façade was made entirely offsite, which resulted in a more efficient, safe and speedy construction process. It provides the same performance as a traditional clad building but was installed with a greater degree of accuracy, quicker and using 40% fewer staff. Other offsite elements included precast concrete columns, MEPH elements included chilled beams and rooftop plant rooms, as well as 96 bathroom pods, which were cost-effective and efficient to install.
R7 feels very different to many other London offices and offers truly unique features for a commercial building.
The spacious, seven-metre ground floor gives unguarded public access, effectively an indoor street that connects the north and south of the King’s Cross site. The vibrant ground floor houses a large, seven-metre high entrance lobby where visitors can access a three-screen cinema and retail and restaurant space.
With several award wins, the building is gathering national attention – for both architecture and construction. R7 is already RIBA National Award 2018 winner and has been shortlisted as both ‘Project of the Year’ ‘Commercial Project of the Year’ and our approach to ‘Health, Safety and Wellbeing’ during construction.
" The end product is fantastic, a really unique office building that provides something different to anything else on the King’s Cross Estate to date, or anywhere in the UK…The fact that it was fully let when the building was barely out of the ground is testament to that. "Project Manager Argent
Delivery of a 33,500ft2 Global Centre of Innovation at Infineum’s headquarters in Abingdon; featuring new petrochemical laboratories for research and development into new formulas for fuel additives; collaborative meeting spaces, office accommodation, a new staff restaurant and improved site infrastructure.
Developing a new, six-storey office building in central Leeds, ensuring the design blended in with the surrounding historic buildings, using lean planning to ensure the smooth running of the project, applying innovative thinking to the build, and achieving an Excellent BREEAM sustainability rating.
The design and construction of a highly sustainable Passivhaus ‘Plus’ 1,400m2 office building. Laid out over three floors to accommodate up to 125 people, providing local office space for individuals and small businesses.
Alfred H Knight is a commodity analysis and mining support specialist who required our design and cost management services to build a new state-of-the-art head office and analytical laboratory.
The Aperture is the first phase of residential buildings on the Greenwich Peninsula. This five storey building comprises of a restaurant and deli on the ground floor, day nursery on the first floor, estate management and a community centre on the second/third floors with a gym on the remaining floors.
The Ogilvie (formerly known as the Sanger Sequencing Building) provides 4,430m² of flexible laboratory and office space and an integrated energy centre which will feed future developments on the greenfield site.
Delivering the £450m Watford Riverwell as a 15-20 year joint venture with Watford Borough Council, which involves regenerating 70 acres of land in West Watford to create residential, office, retail, leisure, industrial and hotel space.
Bringing an iconic and sustainable development to the Carmarthen campus of the University of Wales, providing 40,000 sq. ft. of accommodation for for Welsh Media company S4C and the University's new media faculty and offices, and achieving a BREEAM Excellent certificate for sustainability.
Located on the River Thames Embankment, this project involved the demolition of the existing building behind a retained façade and the construction of a new steel framed Cat A office with a concrete basement. Inside the building, being the main feature is the central atrium and 3 scenic glass lifts.
Situated close to Westminster Cathedral, Howick Place is an architecturally stunning building designed by Rolfe Judd Architecture. The building takes inspiration from the surrounding conservation area, whilst creating an environment to meet all 21st century needs.
Delivering a central London office space where people feel inspired and want to work and collaborate, bringing together a number of Kier businesses to work jointly on the project, adding an extra floor to the building and extending two other floors to create a stunning modern space.
Our client, Royal London’s ambition for this scheme, was to deliver a high end mixed use building (office, retail and private rented residential) capable of attracting a range of retail and commercial occupiers as well as residential tenants
Demolition of an existing structure followed by the design and construction of a new 22 storey residential development of 128 dwellings and one commercial unit. This is our seventh project completed for Newlon Housing Trust.
The new prison at Wellingborough will be an adult male Category C resettlement prison, designed to enhance rehabilitation. The project is embracing a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) and integrating digital tools to drive efficiencies in the design, construction and operation of the facility.
The re-emergence of Gloucestershire County Council’s (GCC) Shire Hall after its retrofit and refurbishment reads like a fairy-tale. Over 165 weeks and 82 phases of collaborative, innovative team-working, the part-listed, part 1960’s building, an eyesore, tired and inefficient, was responsibly and dynamically transformed into an elegant and highly sustainable workplace.
Design and construction of a new 7,200m2 laboratory facility. The building consists of a mixture of biology and chemistry spaces, office spaces, unfitted spaces and associated external infrastructure works. The facility has two floors of containment level 2 fitted labs and write-up areas, together with shared wash-up facilities.
The RAN (Radio Access Network) is the technology used in the UK to allow mobile phones to transmit and receive data and voice services. Ericsson are a leading provider of RAN access to many of the UK’s mobile networks and in 2013, we were appointed by Ericsson to maintain its RAN assets to keep the UK’s 4G and 5G networks live and operational
Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, one of Gloucester’s biggest employers, had offices throughout the city which were not considered future proof. They decided to consolidate all Gloucester based staff into a new purpose-build headquarters on Gloucester Business Park. The building is leased from Arlington, owners of the business park, and long-term clients of Kier.
80 Grosvenor Street is located in Mayfair, London and provides 17,500 sq ft state of the art office and retail accommodation over five storeys behind a partially retained Georgian façade. It includes high-end interior finishes, private terraces with panoramic views and luxurious contemporary spa style amenities.
Design and construction of an adult male Category C resettlement prison, designed to enhance rehabilitation. As a project integrator, Kier used a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) component-led approach to deliver the project, setting new standards for excellence in modern methods of construction (MMC), innovation and digital technologies.
10 Lewis Cubitt Square forms part of the 67-acre King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) redevelopment. It is a mixed-use 12 storey commercial development for tenant Meta, built to CAT A fit-out standard and offering nine floors of flexible office space. It also includes a large flexible retail unit at street level plus a 600-seat theatre.