Although the whole building will be dedicated to sport and fitness in the future, the ground floor currently provides a temporary home for the King’s Cross Construction Skills Centre (KXCSC). Operated by the London Borough of Camden, the Centre offers apprenticeships, training and advice to local residents looking for a career in the construction industry.
Once KXCSC’s new home is complete, the ground floor space will be converted into a community sports hall with space for four badminton courts, a basketball court, a volleyball court or a five-a-side football pitch. The facilities have been built to Sport England standards.
Minimising embodied carbon
To meet the near zero target, BAM incorporated many innovative and passive design measures including mixed-mode ventilation and optimised glazing ratios, to provide daylight while reducing heat gains.
The building is airtight and extremely well insulated, with an efficient envelope that limits heat loss. Natural ventilation and heat recovery further enhance its eco-credentials. The building is also connected to the highly efficient King’s Cross Central district heating and cooling network.