King’s Cross W Zone project will start closely
Islington Council, Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership W Zone development will begin soon.
The Islington Council, Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership will initiate the development of BR with the name W Zone in an area located outside York Way and Randell’s Road. The projects will consist of three mixed buildings known as W1, W2 and W3. The project will be developed by David Morley Architects. The development will include an educational site known as the Habitat Area and an ecology garden.
The W1 and W2 buildings will consist of approximately 218 housing units. Buildings Feilden Clegg was designed by Bradley Studios and David Morley Architects. The W3 building, designed by Haptic Architects, will include an entertainment-oriented building with a gym, nursery and café.
The Habitat Zone is located in the north of the 3 buildings built. There is a 1.097 m² ecology garden with wildlife meadows, orchards, fruit and vegetable growers and wildlife mazes in the Habitat Region.
Speaking about the submission, Jamie Smith, Project Director at KCCLP says: “We are thrilled that the entirety of W Zone now has the go ahead and we are excited for works to start on the site next year. More than 10 years on from the start of construction works, we are proud to have finalised the detailed design of one of the final pieces of the King’s Cross puzzle.”
David Morley from David Morley Architects added: “This is the only site at King’s Cross straddling the boundary between Camden and Islington and we are delighted that our masterplan for bringing together a new mixed-use community, focussed around a garden, will soon be realised. As well as connecting east to west, the project will transform the streetscape of York Way and create a new gateway to King’s Cross for people arriving from the north.”
George Wilson, Associate from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios told: “King’s Cross W Zone presents a fantastic opportunity to establish a new residential community centred around high-quality public space, communal amenities and community facilities, creating a unique place to live within central London. We are delighted that W Zone has been fully approved and can now be realised.”
Timo Haedrich RIBA, Director at Haptic Architects said: “We are very proud that this exciting project has been given the go ahead. The building will provide a meaningful community centre, a place for people to learn, exercise and socialise. The openness and transparency of the ground floor; its concertinaing wall, movable screens and integrated seats create a seamless flow between the building and the adjacent public realm. The focus is to achieve the highest degree of sustainability. Timber is used in both the structure and façade, a material which has intrinsic tactile and pleasant qualities, fitting for a community hub.”
Jan Kattein from Jan Kattein Architects commented: “Proposals for the Habitat Zone were conceived in close collaboration with educational charity Global Generation who operates a number of public gardens across London. The buildings are designed to minimize the threshold between ecology and interior. Urban ecologies are some of the most interesting habitats on our planet and it is fantastic news that our project will be able to bring a little piece of wilderness to people’s doorstep.”
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