Coffey Architects has successfully secured planning permission for a three-storey office and retail block in the Argent’s King’s Cross regeneration project site, marking the practice’s largest UK commercial project to date.

The London Borough of Camden’s planning committee agreed with its officers’ recommendation to approve the £15 million scheme in a meeting on the 22nd of February. The newly-approved project, which will be situated alongside Bennetts Associates’ proposed £6 million sports hall on the Q2 site off York Way, will provide 3,962m² of office space along with 350m² of flexible space for additional offices, assembly, and leisure or a café.

The officers’ report read as follows: “[We] consider this to be is a well-resolved and thought-through proposal. It has character in its silhouette and composition, while its heritage-referenced industrial aesthetic has been softened and enriched through patterning in the façades.”

The eye-catching design reportedly takes inspiration from both the Network Rail Gasworks tunnels which run below the building, and the distinctive design of the former industrial sheds which once littered the King’s Cross area. The building itself is composed of glazed, embossed and perforated aluminium panels which shift with each floor plate, and is topped with a skewed, pitched roof form to add further aesthetic appeal.

Works are expected to begin in the summer, with the project scheduled for completion in 2020.

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