Four Pancras Square has stunning views across Regent’s Canal to Granary Square and St Pancras Clock Tower.
The building – the new London home of global entertainment giant Universal Music – provides 170,000 sq ft of office accommodation over ten floors, with retail at street level and basements below. Its imposing structure dominates Pancras Square, reflected in the cascading pools at the heart of this part of the redevelopment.
The top floor features a rooftop garden with a landscaped terrace, planting beds and water features.
Creating character and function in steel
The first thing you notice about 4 Pancras Square is the steel. The unapologetic box-form structure is softened by its russet colouring, which will only continue to develop more texture and character as the building mellows and matures.
In practical terms, a key feature of the steelwork is a Vierendeel truss encircling the first floor of the building which has created a huge, uninterrupted space at ground level facing into Pancras Square: a great asset for the retail units when it comes to attracting customers into their doors.
Award winning sustainability credentials
With a BREEAM Outstanding score of 88.1, 4 Pancras Square won the 2018 BREEAM Award for the best Commercial Project – Post-Construction. According to the judges, the building “provides an exemplary demonstration of the value of feedback loops in design and procurement. This inherently complex project has been taken through a process of learning from earlier projects to push the boundaries further forward and upward.”
The building features a range of energy efficient systems and approaches including building orientation, solar shading, thermal mass for cooling, passive ventilation and a link to the site-wide district heating network.