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Planning permission granted for Kings Cross office developments

Planning permission granted for Kings Cross office developments

Planning permission has been granted for two major office developments at King's Cross, the latest stage in the transformation of the site around one of London's busiest railway stations.

Bennetts Associates has got the green light for two buildings at the northern end of the site, which will provide 48,400 sq m of office and retail space.

The two buildings will be the last in zone T of the development, and will be named 11 and 21 Canal reach. Canal reach itself will be a newly-named road. 

Rising to 12 and ten storeys, it will not be the height of the buildings that is most striking, but the shape. They will be built next to each other with a bronzed crescent shape facade, which will evoke the railway station's heritage and the industrial past of the area. 

The buildings will have a number of eco-friendly features, including extensive rooftop gardens that will offer oases of calm and tranquility for visitors and office workers alike, as well as views of the nearby gas holder and the Regents Canal. The aim is to achieve the BREEAM standard of 'Outstanding.'

Developer Argent will shortly set out the construction timetable, with the likely completion date in 2019.

The regeneration of the Kings Cross and St Pancras area has involved the creation of new offices - including a European headquarters for Google, new homes and the opening up of the canalside in the area. The Google headquarters building receive planning permission earlier this year and will be 11 storeys high. 

It is perhaps the best-connected area of London in transport terms, with two mainline terminuses next door to each other and Euston just a few minutes' walk away, Eurostar services and connections to no less than six of London's Tube lines, with the other five just one change away. It will also be one underground stop away from both HS2 and Crossrail when they are up and running. 

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