King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) has appointed McLaren Construction as main contractor on one of the last significant commercial and residential buildings on the 67-acre King’s Cross estate.

McLaren started on site at the development, which is known as ‘R8’ in August 2021, just months after handing over the Luma residential building.

More about the scheme
The building is comprised of two 13-storey blocks linked by a two-storey podium with landscaped roof gardens for users of both buildings. To the east is a residential building of 72 social rented apartments and the western block contains 177,000 sq ft of office and retail space.

KCCLP has entered into a management agreement with TOG (The Office Group), the premium flexible workspace provider, which will see them partner to create the largest – and the first purpose-built – design-led, flexible workspace in King’s Cross.

The building’s design, by Piercy & Co, draws inspiration from industrial warehouses, with exposed finishes and spacious high ceilings. Our team will deliver the scheme using fast modern construction methods, such as a unitised façade system on the commercial block. Lighting by 18 Degrees will also be carefully integrated to avoid exterior lighting poles.

A sustainable project
Like the rest of the King’s Cross development, this latest building will be connected to the on-site Energy Centre, which supplies zero carbon hot water and heating via one of the largest district heating networks in the UK.

The project commenced on site in July 2021 and is scheduled for completion in 2024.