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11 - 21 Canal Reach

  • London

  • Contractor BAM Construction Ltd

Mixed-Use Building

Located in the ‘Western Yards’ of King’s Cross Central, 11 – 21 Canal Reach comprises two Grade A office buildings offering uninterrupted floor spaces bathed in natural light.

It is 11-storey construction conceived, in the beginning, as four faceted blocks. Even if they feature an atrium with a proper access, each block is linked to the other.
The façades form a continuous crescent and reflect the site’s railway and industrial past, with a light bronze metallic finish.
The full height glazing and finest floor – to – ceiling heights allow maximum daylight penetration.

Sustainability and innovation have been the keywords leading the design phase of this project.
As a result of its holistic approach to sustainable design, this mixed-use development is on target to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating with the additional ambition of reducing its embodied carbon emissions to the lowest for this type of building in the UK.
The main plantroom at the rear lower floors of the building is a further factor of innovation.
Free of mechanical plant, the roof just accommodates gardens and planted terraces creating a place for receptions, meetings or to simply enjoy the breathtaking views over Central London.

It has been chosen by Facebook as its new UK Headquarters, confirming King’s Cross’ reputation as one of the UK’s leading tech destinations.

Systems

  • Unitised structurally silicone glazed system

    External aluminium brise soleil

    Glazed atrium roof

    Glazed stick system

Architects

Bennetts Associates Architects

Bennetts Associates, with offices in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, is one of UK’s leading architectural practices, with a reputation for design, delivery and sustainability across a wide range of sectors and architectural classifications. A strong team ethic and methodical approach to design has earned the firm over 150 awards for many design works across Europe. The firm was founded by Rab Bennetts and his partner Denise Bennetts in 1987. Rab Bennetts takes a personal, hands-on approach and collaborative spirit with each project, playing an active role in the firm’s multitude of design projects and construction.