Plans approved for new mixed-use project at King’s Cross in London

WCN Editorial Team 1 May 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) has received approval from Islington Council for its W Zone, which features three mixed-use buildings, known as W1, W2 and W3, at King’s Cross in London.

Located off York Way and Randell’s Road, the W Zone’s three buildings will be positioned around a central podium garden.

Designed by David Morley Architects, the site masterplan includes a mix of residential, with a range of tenures and managed ecology garden with a focus on education and community engagement, to be called as the Habitat Zone.

KCCLP project director Jamie Smith said: “We are thrilled that the entirety of W Zone now has the go ahead and we are excited for works to start on the site next year. More than 10 years on from the start of construction works, we are proud to have finalised the detailed design of one of the final pieces of the King’s Cross puzzle.”

The buildings W1 and W2 will include a total of 218 residential units, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and David Morley Architects.

The Islington Council approved the buildings with recent amendments to the original plan.

The initial plan was amended to increase and improve the shared residential facilities, while the number of homes remains the same as in the original planning permission.

The Habitat Zone will include four small, single-storey educational buildings – a community kitchen, a classroom, an admin building and a growing tunnel.

Central to the proposal of the Habitat Zone will be a 1,097m2 ecology garden, which will feature a wildlife meadow, an orchard, fruit and vegetable planters, and a wildlife maze.

W1 building will be split into two blocks of 11 floors and 16 floors, respectively, which will include 140 open market residential apartments. W2 building will be an eight-storey, mixed-tenure building with 36 social rented apartments, 23 intermediate apartments and 19 open market apartments. The building will also include three retail units.

Designed by Haptic Architects, W3 will be a leisure focused building with a gym, nursery and café. The three buildings can be accessed from York Way.

The approval of W 3 building and the Habitat Zone is the final step and will deliver a 1,500m2 building over three floors.

Designed to meet high environmental standards, the development will include solar panels, a green roof and the building itself will be built with sustainable materials using a cross laminated timber structure.

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Image: KCCLP wins approval for W Zone at King’s Cross. Photo: Courtesy of King's Cross Central Limited Partnership.

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