King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre

David Morley Architects, London, 2008


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  • Site plan    
  • Lower ground floor plan    
  • Upper ground floor plan    
  • Roof plan    
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  • Elevation    
  • Interior sketch    
  • York Way sketch    
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Flagship construction skills centre that is aimed to be a lesson in construction for its students

The building offers local people training, professional qualifications and employment opportunities on site.

North lights provide daylight to the double-height workshop areas, minimising the need for electric lighting to the space and creating a distinctive external look to the building.

Angled timber brise-soleil protect the west-facing office and classroom windows from solar heat gain, while providing a clear view of the sky to the north. Externally, the roof features photovoltaic panels and a sedum roof to support biodiversity.

Ceiling soffits are exposed, as are the building services, and where possible wall systems; the plant room is caged; workshop and stair floors are exposed concrete and coated with a dust sealer.


  • Begun: May 2008
  • Completed: Dec 2008
  • Floor area: 1,416m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £2.7M
  • Procurement: Design and Build
  • Address: King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre, 180 York Way, London, N1C 0AZ, United Kingdom

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