5 Pancras Square is the new headquarters for the London Borough of Camden after the relocation from its previous offices on Euston Road – and it also happens to be one of the most sustainable public buildings in the UK. This state of the art facility is part of the wider King’s Cross regeneration where G&T is providing Employer’s Agent, Cost Management and Project Management services on this circa £5 billion scheme. Read on to find out more about King’s Cross and 5 Pancras Square…
The iconic redevelopment of King’s Cross is transforming the area into one of the most attractive places to live, work and visit in London. The development is being delivered by King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership, a joint consortium between Argent and Australian Super (who bought out the LCR and DHL investment in the scheme in 2015). The project is 67 acres and comprises 50 new buildings, 1,900 new homes and will provide 10 new public parks and squares.
One of the buildings successfully completed in the south of the development is Camden Council’s new community building, Five Pancras Square, which includes council offices, a leisure centre and a library. The project was completed in July 2014 and has received a host of awards in the aftermath of what was an extremely successful contract.
The community building includes a leisure centre with two pools and a fitness centre, library and café as well as the Council’s customer access centre and administrative offices. The building is 250,000 sq ft over 13 storeys and three basement levels.
As well as being one of Camden’s most accessible leisure centres, 5 Pancras Square is also one of the greenest public buildings in the UK. The innovative building is designed by Bennetts Associates, an architecture practice that specialises in sustainable building design. It is one of the first inner-city buildings in the UK to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ sustainability rating and its energy efficient ventilation system and solar panels ensure low carbon emissions and reduced running costs.
5 Pancras Square has achieved the Prime Minister’s 2015 Better Public Building award, Construction News’s Sustainable Project of the Year 2015 and the CIC’s 2016 Inclusive Environments award.
“This building was a challenge to deliver from day one with the site previously encompassing the old railway gas holders and their typical ground contamination which had to be removed before the building could even start to be constructed. The end product is fantastic and we are proud to be part of the delivery of such a sustainable building!”
Jon Eyles, G&T Partner.