One Pancras Square is a nine-storey building located next to the new entrance of King’s Cross and St Pancras train stations. The entrance to the underground station is located in its ground floor. The building is occupied by a variety of tenants including cafes, shops, offices and the fashion house, Louis Vuitton. The building’s sustainable and unique design has received many accolades including a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, and the Civic Trust’s 2016 Special Award for Sustainability. In 2014, it was also awarded the New London Architecture Award in the Office Building category and received a RIBA regional award.
• Client: King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP)
• Developer: Argent (Property Development) Service LLP (ASLLP) on behalf of King’s Cross Limited Partnership (KCCLP)
• Architects: David Chipperfield
• Structural Engineers: AKT – UK
• Project Managers: Gardiner & Theobald
• Acoustic Consultants: Sandy Brown
• Contractors: BAM Construction
• BREEAM rating: Outstanding (89.3%)
As the Building Services consultant on this project, as well as the BREEAM Assessor, we ensured that sustainability was at the core of the building’s award winning design and that passive and active energy efficiency measures were incorporated throughout. We provided guidance on the selection of ‘green’ building materials for all external and internal elements.
Some of the building’s key environmental features include:
Connection to the site-wide district heating network which provides close to 100% of the development’s heating and hot water demand.
Centralised hot water storage to maximise the benefits of the hot water heating provided via the site- wide low carbon CHP network, minimising carbon emissions
Active chilled beams and opening windows so that the building can be ventilated mechanically or naturally.
A central core with a narrow floor plate to ensure working spaces are placed closed to the perimeter to utilise daylight during day lit hours. This has resulted in the innovation credit within the Hea 01 section which is highly unusual for a Grade A type office of this size especially within the City of London
The building’s envelope optimises the amount of natural daylight into the occupied office spaces whilst minimising direct solar gains.
• Mechanical, ventilation and cooling
• Public Health
• Building Management System