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University of the Arts London

with Stanton Williams

The project focuses on the redevelopment of the railway network train transit sheds within the site at Kings Cross in Central London. The UAL campus includes the Eastern Transit shed, Granary building and two new three-storey buildings within the central area between the two transit sheds.

The brief was determined in negotiation with the client, Argent Group and the future tenant. The King’s Cross Goods Yard (Great Northern Railway Terminus) is located in the heart of the King’s Cross Central (KXC) development, to the north of the Regent’s Canal. The Goods Yard consists of a collection of 19th Century, Grade II listed and non-listed buildings and structures within a conservation area. The design is underpinned by a holistic environmental strategy to reduce energy consumption and address carbon emissions, as set out in the KXC Environmental Sustainability Strategy and the Eastern Goods Yard Environmental Sustainability Plan. Utilising a centralised CHP solution provides a 16% carbon saving compared to conventionally serviced buildings with grid connected electricity supplies. The CHP and CES scheme would therefore contribute significantly to the overall KXC development which equates to a carbon emission of 8,584,803 kg carbon per annum, this is a 48% saving over the 2002 business as usual benchmark of 16,645,500 kg carbon per annum identified in the original energy strategy.