Client: Westminster Kingsway College

King's Cross Centre
London

Architects: Bond Bryan Architects
Bond Bryan Director: Geoff Halliwell
Project Managers: Turner & Townsend
Services Engineers: Faber Maunsell
Civil/Structural Engineers: Sinclair Knight Merz

Contractor: Kier
Construction Value: £39 million
Completion Date: 2009 (under construction)
Gross Internal Floor Area: 13,400 square metres
BREEAM Sustainability Rating: Very Good

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We developed the college’s property strategy, the potential consolidation of six existing sites into four, before designing the strategy’s first phase: the complete redevelopment of the King’s Cross Centre.

Bordering St George’s Gardens and sitting within a residential conservation area, a key challenge was to ensure that the five-storey building complemented its surroundings. This was achieved by careful selection of materials and recessing the upper floor. At the same time we achieved an approval to turn over a proportion of the site to residential use; this then part-funded the development.

Two bright atria spaces sit between three parallel teaching blocks and connecting bridges act as social gathering spaces. On the ground floor shared learning and social spaces spill into the atria. This arrangement is highly efficient, actually increasing education floor space on the reduced site and at the same time creating a powerful sense of connection and community amongst staff and students.

“Bond Bryan have an in depth understanding of the FE sector and the expectations and requirements of the Funding Council.”

Andy Wilson, Principal

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