BAM wins contract for office development at King’s Cross in UK

WCN Editorial Team 18 Dec 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

BAM Construct UK has won a contract from King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) for the development at King’s Cross in London where technology company Facebook will acquire 611,000ft² of office space across three buildings.

In July 2018, Facebook and KCCLP signed a deal under which Facebook will acquire the office space.

The Facebook agreement is one of the major commercial deals in London this decade, with 15% of the total commercial space at King’s Cross (four million ft²) let in a single deal. Facebook is set to open new offices in King’s Cross in 2021.

The project will include two buildings providing BREEAM Outstanding office accommodation and after completion, Plots T2 and T3 will be known as 11-21 Canal Reach.

Designed by Bennett Associates, the new buildings are aimed at achieving the lowest carbon high-quality commercial office building in the UK.

BAM has recently completed the newest King’s Cross landmark, Coal Drops Yard.

The building on plot T2 will be 12 storeys high at the highest point at the southern end of the site, decreasing to nine storeys towards the north, and will have roof terraces that will offer views across the city.

BAM has already begun work under an enabling and substructure works package before the commencement of the main scheme, which is expected to be completed in 2021.

The company did not disclose the value of the contract, but said that it represents the largest contract signed by BAM.

BAM construction director Ewen Hunter said: “Nothing at King’s Cross is ordinary. Every building is ambitious and the client is constantly pushing what can be achieved for itself and others.

“Our teams embrace the challenge and our integrated model, involving our design and engineering businesses, makes us an ideal fit for the scale and complexity of this big building with a demanding design.”

Camden Council granted planning approval for the T-Zone plots in September 2016.

Currently, Facebook has UK offices in Rathbone Place and Brock Street, London, and will occupy three buildings at King’s Cross, including P2 on Lewis Cubitt Square and 11 and 21 Canal Reach.

P2 has been designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and will provide nine floors of office space (196,000ft²), alongside a new theatre for London, a fifth-floor wraparound terrace and retail space at ground level.

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Image: The 11-21 Canal Reach in London. Photo: Courtesy of BAM Construct UK.

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