The area just north of King’s Cross and St Pancras international stations in Central London is undergoing a major redevelopment, as part of one of the biggest urban projects of its kind in Europe.
A derelict 67-acre site is being transformed into a spacious, attractive and community-focused area. Much of it is pedestrianised, with a new public square, canal-side seating, cafes, restaurants, a park, public art, a new university campus, offices and luxury housing.
Over 1,900 new homes are being built within the project.
Part of the multi-million pound development is the Niall McLoughlin Architects-designed Tapestry building (T1), one of the centrepieces of King’s Cross Central. Located on 1-3 Canal Street, the new 15-storey building across 400,000ft², offers an outstanding collection of one, two and three bedroom apartments, townhouses and penthouses – of which 95 are open-market and 34 affordable/shared ownership apartments.
Along with a cafe and bar, together with new areas of adjacent public space, the T1 building will cater for a 415-space multi-storey car park, a multi-use games area, a large communal podium garden space on the 8th floor, along with a gym and function room.
Environmental sustainability at its core
Sustainability is evident in all aspects of this King’s Cross regeneration, from energy-efficient initiatives to the reuse of heritage buildings, roof mounted PV panels for grey-water and rain water harvesting, green transport policies to several BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ buildings.
We are proud to have been appointed by property developer Argent to provide multidisciplinary consultancy services for the Tapestry Building.
It has been designed to achieve a high level of sustainability, with the residential units targeting CfSH (2010) Level 4; and commercial elements BREEAM ‘Excellent’.
The combination of fabric performance, energy efficiency measures and the sourcing of heat and power from the low-carbon district energy centre will result in significant annual CO2 emissions reduction.
Our team provided MEP services design, Acoustic Consultancy, Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) and BREEAM Assessment services for the project.
Our energy consultants carried out a full dynamic simulation modelling for daylight and over-heating analysis; and further advised on façade treatments to reduce solar gain.
This resulted in the building using high performance glazing and enhanced levels of thermal insulation and low air tightness to aid compliance in conjunction with MVHR ventilation. CFD analysis was used to assess the balcony glazing and its interaction with the apartment energy balance.
Our team worked closely with Vital Energi to agree the building load profiles for utility services, which included connection to the Energy Centre heating network.
Our fire engineers provided advice and concept scheme design to overcome smoke ventilation for the complex split level multi- story car park, as well as corridor smoke ventilation systems to overcome the extended travel distances associated with the residential corridors.
At the heart of a major transport hub
The site is located near St Pancras International and King’s Cross Stations, with its northern boundary running parallel to the new Channel Tunnel Rail Link, presenting significant acoustic challenges.
Our acoustics experts have carried out detailed analysis and advised on fabric construction to mitigate against noise from traffic, the adjacent railway and the Energy Centre.
Our transport specialists assisted with the analysis of car park flows for the complex gyratory system associated with the multi-story car park design.
Waterman’s Director Mark Terndrup commented; “We are proud to be involved in yet another prestigious project on the King’s Cross site. Our collaborative approach across a team of world-renowned architects, leading contractors and designers characterises every aspect of the Tapestry building – from intelligent design solutions to the highest quality materials and finishes.”
Waterman recently provided multidisciplinary consultancy services for King’s Cross’ Plimsoll Building, which won the New London Awards 2014, Housing category. Its commercial element achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and its residential element achieved Code for Sustainable Homes 2010 (CfSH) Level 4 ratings.