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1,2 & 7 Pancras Square, Kings Cross

The development and regeneration of The Eastern Goods Yard, Kings Cross is one of Central London’s most significant rejuvenations, developed by Argent Kings Cross Ltd Partnership at an estimated cost of £170 million. The new development consists of a new campus for the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design along with retail areas, leisure facilities, offices and public spaces.

Elite have been involved in the supply of ironmongery to several buildings within Pancras Square; 1 Pancras Square, 2 Pancras Square and 7 Pancras Square – The Stanley Building, which forms part of a development linked with the Grade II Listed Stanley Building. All three are first class office buildings with an unrivalled location at the gateway to King’s Cross.

One Pancras Square (B2)

One Pancras Square is an island building overlooking Battle Bridge Place, King’s Boulevard and Pancras Square. The 55,000 sq ft office development is split over 8 floors; a typical floor is 7,050 sq ft net with 600 sq ft of south facing balconies.

Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, One Pancras Square is now otherwise known as Gridiron due to its structure being made up of 396 cast-iron clad columns, the largest six metres in height and weighing

some 2.2 tonnes

One Pancras Square was completed by BAM Construction in the first quarter of 2014 at a cost of £21


Environmental Performance – BAM have been awarded the final certificate for 1 Pancras Square (AKA B2)

We achieved a score of 89.3% which means we receive a BREEAM Outstanding rating.

Direct access to King’s Cross St Pancras underground station from its ground floor

Double height, double access reception

Cycle spaces, showers and locker rooms provided in a secure basement

Centralised secure, underground servicing and parking

Connected to estate-wide hot water distribution network fed by the King’s Cross Energy Centre

Gridiron is without doubt a design statement, well at the same time being unapologetically functional. The

reception can be accessed from either King’s Boulevard, a tree-lined, bustling, pedestrian friendly ‘high

street’ or from the tranquillity of Pancras Square. A double-height colonnade surrounds the building.

Distinctive and elegant pendants light the way.

On the north-east corner of Gridiron, within the colonnade, there are escalators leading down to the

London Underground network. In addition, there is 4,000 sq ft of ground floor retail.

The double height, double entrance reception takes its cue from the outside – Italian ‘Grigio Carnico’ black

marble walls, feature lighting and precast concrete floors. Collectively, they set the tone for a space that is

both cool and serene. Typically each floor measures 7,050 sq ft, and has a south facing 600 sq ft covered


These columns have been manufactured by the 100 year old family business Hargreaves Foundry in Halifax,

Yorkshire. Not only do they provide the architectural aesthetic but they also reflect the inherent integrity of

the building – its environmental credentials. But then sustainability is one thing, resurrection is another

Two Pancras Square (B4)

Designed by Allies & Morrison Architects. Completed by BAM at the end of May 2014. This has cost £35


An Island building overlooking Pancras Square and King’s Boulevard, adjacent to an entrance for King’s

Cross St Pancras underground station.

As a freestanding island building 2 Pancras Square is unique in its elegant architectural design. To the west

it overlooks the beautifully landscaped Pancras Square and, to the east, the bustling, tree-lined King’s

Boulevard. The upper floors offering inspiring views of London.

130,000 sq.ft., 9 storey of Grade ‘A’ offices with retail on the ground floor. Average office floor space of

15,500 sq ft. Two Pancras Square provides 130,000 sq ft of first-class office space on its upper floors, while

the ground floor houses 13,000 sq ft of double-height retail space and the elegantly conceived main office


Eighth floor garden terrace as well as roof gardens.

Cycle spaces, showers and locker rooms provided in secure basement.

Centralised secure underground servicing. Connect to state wide hot water distribution network fed by the

King’s Cross Energy Centre

BREEAM rating of outstanding.

The windows are deep set into the framework of the building. But this window design isn’t merely

aesthetic: by insetting the windows, heat gain from the sun is reduced while natural light is still allowed to

flood through the floor- to-ceiling glazing.

The building is designed by international architects Allies and Morrison. It is approximately 123,000 sq ft

over 9 floors. A typical floor is 14,800 sq ft. The south facing gardens and terraces on the top floor and

rooftop offer superb views across Central London. The street level will house premier retail.

Just a few steps from the tube entrance, Two Pancras Square will welcome you via an elegant stone- clad

colonnade, through fully glazed automatic double doors leading into the spacious and light- filled reception

area. Once inside you’ll experience the cool stone- clad floor augmented by the warmth of the timber-clad

walls and the generous main reception desk. From here the space flows into the equally stylish lift lobby,

where you’ll be transported to your destination via one of the four 21- person passenger lifts.

The facades of the Allies & Morrison block reflect the simplicity of its massing. A series of punched windows

conform to the same orthogonal elevational grid arrangement. The grid disseminates on the top two floors

to become a masonry screen that shelters a deep recessed terrace and a roof garden. Next, grey metalwork

has been introduced to add “depth and texture” to the ground floor. Also the depth of the window

increases as the building gets higher, a clever wheeze that not only adds a sense of mass and solidity to the

building as it rises but also provides added protection from solar glare for the more exposed, higher offices.

Finally, when two elevations meet at the corners of the building, one recedes from the other as it moves

up the building, giving the impression of layered panels peeling away from an inner core. This device

complements the most intricate “grid animation” gesture of all: each window is slightly wider than the one

below it, with the fixed points being the right window reveal and a mullion applied to each glazed opening.

Inside, the building retains the same slick, strict and simple minimalism. An entrance foyer coolly trimmed

with fluted oak panelling and a honed granite reception desk provides access to lift lobbies similarly fitted

out. The open-plan office spaces are lofty and column-free with the large floor-to-ceiling windows providing

successively more impressive views as the building rises. The block is crowned by two timber-decked roof

terraces open to all tenants, one of which, impressively, contains a small orchard.

The office block was developed speculatively and therefore designed with the flexibility to be

compartmentally let by floor or area. One interesting feature are the office’s “superloos”, where individual

toilet cubicles complete with their own sinks are provided instead of communal facilities.

7 Pancras Square

7 Pancras Square was designed by Studio Downie Architects. It is approximately 19,700 sq ft net over 5

floors. A typical floor is 3,900 sq ft. The building is designed to wrap around an existing listed building

known as the Stanley Building. This has cost £14 million

As with all the office buildings at King’s Cross, the very latest technology will reduce running costs for the

occupiers and minimise environmental impact.

The building will meet the BREEAM standard ‘Excellent’ as a minimum and will be linked to the site-wide

district heating network.[This network will provide 100% of the development’s heating and hot water

needs. The building has been designed to maximise the environmental benefits of its location. orientation,

solar shading, the use of thermal mass for cooling and passive ventilation systems all contribute to energy


Green again with a green roof terrace, rainwater harvesting, PV panels, CHP heating and a proper lighting

strategy (sensors, low energy etc).

This Grade A office building has an unrivalled location at the gateway to King’s Cross, framing the new

Battlebridge Place. Designed by Studio Downie Architects, Seven Pancras Square consists of a new build

office wrapping around the existing Grade II Listed Stanley Building, with approximately 19,700 sq ft net of

office and retail space over five floors. The building will contain a striking lightwell between the new and

old spaces and will also bring the original Victorian roof terrace back into use atop of the Stanley Building.

The building will be home to contemporary serviced office provider, The Office Group.

It is approximately 19,700 sq ft net over 5 floors. A typical floor is 3,900 sq ft.

Completed November 2014