Five Pancras Square, London
Camden Council’s new site at Five Pancras Square in King’s Cross, built by Kier Construction, consolidates a number of council premises into a single, more efficient site – not only helping to reduce the council’s running costs by over £500,000 per year, but also lowering its carbon footprint significantly. Client, contractor and local authority all collaborated closely on the project.
Five Pancras Square’s sustainability credentials are clearly evident. The project initially achieved a BREEAM score of 87% at design stage, but Kier’s procurement and input helped boost this to an Outstanding rating of 93.05%, the highest score awarded that year. The building’s passive design is without a doubt impressive, with its façade and internal atrium designed to maximise natural daylight with the overall aesthetic enhanced by use of Gyptone Line 6. Extensive use of Glasroc H Tilebacker was also used in and around the swimming pool areas.
Client: Camden Council / Main Contractor: Kier Construction / Architect: Bennetts Associates
AMRC Factory 2050 - Rotherham - Plaster Category (highly commended Plasterboard Category)
The AMRC was established in 2001 as a £15 million collaboration between the University of Sheffield and aerospace giant Boeing, with support from Yorkshire Forward and the European Regional Development Fund. The University of Sheffield AMRC with Boeing secured funding for a £43 million state-of-the-art research factory to meet the future needs of aerospace and other high-value manufacturing industries.
The AMRC Factory 2050 is a ground breaking building and the UK’s first fully reconfigurable assembly and component manufacturing facility for collaborative research, capable of rapidly switching production between different high-value components and one-off parts. This project is a stunning example of architectural innovation.
It was a very challenging project from a fit out perspective, as it is a completely circular building with virtually no straight walls at all. Gyproc SoundBloc F was specified for this project as a multifunctional board that met all these requirements. The Architect was also keen on improving the well-being of the buildings occupants and specified ThistlePro PureFinish to skim all the walls.