BAM secures King’s Cross office building contract from Argent

WCN Editorial Team 18 Apr 2018 EUROPE BUSINESS

BAM Construction has secured an order from developer Argent for the construction of a 190,000ft² office project known as S1 scheme at Kings Cross in London.

The development is so large that it has its own post code (N1C) and is known as Kings Cross Central, the construction firm said.

The 12-storey office will feature Grade A office space, offering flexible, open-plan office layouts and with a double height reception lobby. It will also feature retail space on the ground floor level.

When finished, it will resemble a newly-created building alongside it, known as S2, which Carillion had built. The two buildings will have an ‘interlocking’ appearance.
S1 is a Grade A office building located on the corner of Handyside Street and Canal Reach.

Handyside Street, the main commercial thoroughfare to the north of the canal, is easily accessible by bus, bike or car, and six tube lines, two mainline stations and Eurostar are within a nine-minute walk.

Dual access to S1 will be provided from Handyside Street and Canal Reach.

BAM will begin initial works on the scheme this week and complete the project by the end of 2020.

The concept design is from Mossession Architecture and the delivery architect is Weedon.

The adjacent S2 building has been pre-let to Google.

Various levels will be equipped with expansive balconies, while the top level comprises a roof terrace with landscaped gardens overlooking the capital’s skyline.

A public car park will be established at the end of Handyside Street in Tapestry. A neighbouring building, T2, is being designed to accommodate a health club and primary healthcare centre.

S1 building will also feature latest technology to reduce running costs and minimise environmental impact.

The building, being designed to meet the BREEAM standard ‘Outstanding’, will be linked to the site-wide district heating network, which will provide almost 100% of the development’s heating and hot water needs, as well as 80% of electricity demand.

The building will also maximise the environmental benefits of its location. Orientation, thermal modelling and the use of thermal mass for cooling are expected to contribute to energy efficiency.

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