Urbanest King’s Cross

Glenn Howells Architects, London, 2013

 

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Student residence tower block at the northern end of the King’s Cross development

The 27-floor tower consists of units let on the private market with the adjoining 14-storey end-of-terrace ‘shoulder’ block leased to the London School of Economics

The building, which features a retail store at ground level and a landscaped courtyard contains 669 student bedrooms on the upper floors. These include a range of accommodation types, including luxury penthouse studios with self-contained kitchens and clusters of eight bedrooms in the tower, with escape-route distances measured from their shared front doors, minimising staircase and lift requirement.

There is a rigorous fabric first logic, backed up by King’s Cross Central’s district heating system, with a range of three facade depths which respond to orientation requirements and help to balance solar heat gain reduction with high daylight penetration.

Data

  • Begun: Jun 2011
  • Completed: Jul 2013
  • Floor area: 19,900m2
  • Sectors: Education, Residential
  • Total cost: £38M
  • Procurement: Two-stage design and build procurement with novation
  • Address: Canal Reach, London, N1C 4BE, United Kingdom

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