Contractors World - UK & Ireland Vol 3 No 5 - page 12

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Contractors World - UK & Ireland Vol 3 No 5
o the north of King’s Cross Station in
London, where extensive marshalling
yards and gas storage facilities stood,
is today a massive urban regeneration of a
brownfield site of over 740,000 m².
Structures abound all over the area, some
completed, some in different stages of devel-
opment and others at basic groundworks stage.
One such project is called ‘Building P1’ which
will ultimately be a mixed use development, 13
storeys in height, located in the northern area
of the Kings Cross Central master plan. The footprint of the project area is ap-
proximately 45 m x 65 m.
The proposals for Building P1 will provide residential apartments located above a 2 storey
learning environment that will bring together the Frank Barnes school for deaf and hard of
hearing children aged 0-11, a new mainstream two form entry primary school for children
aged 5-11 and a 26 place mainstream nursery for children aged 3-4 all under one roof.
Community facilities and commercial space are also proposed at ground floor level.
The perimeter of the development is punctuated on the south west corner to exploit long
views out across Regent’s Canal and to allow as much daylight and direct sunlight to the
area. The client is King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership.
Phased development
The main contractors, Carillion Construction Ltd, had planned to construct the project in two
phases. This required the piling contractors, P J Edwards & Co (UK) Ltd, to complete the
northern area of the site, which represents approximately 60% of the building footprint, to
allow other works to develop while completing the southern area.
Typical of many city sites, this was a constrained central-London site location with
Piling Goes to Plan
on King’s Cross
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