MAJOR SCHEMES & TALL BUILDINGS
The recently completed King’s Place is a mixed-use commercial and cultural building close to King’s Cross in central London. Richard Coleman Citydesigner worked closely with the client, Peter Millican of Parabola Land, and the architects, Sir Jeremy Dixon and Ed Jones, from the early stages of the design process to produce an ambitious scheme that would contribute positively to the sensitive townscape environment surrounding the site, including conservation areas in both Camden and Islington, and the adjacent canal and its associated basins.
Richard Coleman provided urban design and conservation advice to the design and planning team, proposing the concept of an undulating glass wall to York Way, to moderate the scale of the building in views from the south and west. The consultancy chose the viewpoint positions from which the visual impact was assessed as part of an Environmental Statement. The assessment showed that the proposal would have a positive visual effect on the surrounding environment.
King’s Place is recognised as a major contributor to the economic, cultural and physical regeneration of the King’s Cross area, and is appraised by the architecture critic Jonathan Glancey at http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2008/aug/27/architecture.design