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.

Interior view of King's Cross Construction Skills Centre
Interior view of King's Cross Construction Skills Centre
Section through King's Cross Construction Skills Centre
Section through King's Cross Construction Skills Centre
Site plan of King's Cross Construction Skills Centre
Site plan of King's Cross Construction Skills Centre