King's Cross Construction Skills Centre
One of the first buildings to be erected at King’s Cross Central is a flagship Construction Skills Centre which offers local people training, professional qualifications and employment opportunities.
The building detailing is used as a ‘lesson in construction’ for the students: ceiling soffits are exposed, as are the building services; where possible wall systems are exposed; the plant room is caged; workshop and stair floors are exposed concrete and coated with a dust sealer.
North lights provide daylight to the double-height workshop areas, minimising the need for electric lighting to the space and creating a dramatic look to the external building. Angled timber brise-soleil protects the west-facing office and classroom windows from solar heat gain, whilst providing a clear view of the sky to the north. Externally, the roof features photovoltaic panels and a sedum roof to support biodiversity.
Winner of 2009 RIBA Award, runner up for RICS Award and Winner of Building Quality Award.