Four Pancras Square
Contractor BAM Construction Ltd
Office and retail building
4 Pancras Square is located at the heart of the new public realm of King’s Cross Central in London. 10 floors of office space, a ground floor which includes retail units and a shared office reception and café / bar opening to the Square. Featuring an innovative structural weathering steel exoskeleton against a backdrop of aluminium and ceramic cladding, the new build draws on the industrial heritage of the area but seeks to set a lasting visual and architectural reference for London.
The materials of the façade are weathering steel and white glazed ceramic for the horizontal brise-soleil shading. The expressed steel as a structure recalls the heroic engineering of the industrial revolution and the railways that enabled the expansion of London. The glazed ceramic was the material that in the 19C and early modernism architecture was used in response to the dirtier environment of the European cities of these times. The natural patination of the steel absorbs light in contrast to the glazed surface of the ceramic that reflects light. The glazing façades feature high performance double glazed sealed units with solar coating.
As with all the other office buildings at King’s Cross, the very latest technology will reduce running costs and minimize environmental impact. This project has achieved an ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM rating.
Unitised capped glazed system
Toggle system with aluminium profiles
Horizontal terracotta brise soleil
Eric Parry Architects
Eric Parry Architects was established in 1983, the year Eric Parry was appointed as a lecturer in architecture at the University of Cambridge, where he taught until 1997. In 2006 Eric Parry was elected Royal Academician (RA), one of the highest accolades for a practising architect or artist in the UK. In addition to his work in architectural practice, Eric Parry has held a number of eminent posts including President of the Architectural Association. He also currently serves on the Royal Academy Architecture Committee, the RIBA Library Committee, the Kettles Yard Committee and the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel. He has in the past served on the Arts Council of England’s Visual Arts and Architecture panel and the RIBA Awards Group. Eric Parry Architects is an established and award-winning practice with a portfolio of notable work. In 2012, AJ100 Award win for Eric Parry Architects. The practice won the award for Fastest Growing Practice and was highly commended for both Building of the Year and Practice of the Year at the annual awards held in London.