W.RE has signed up BAM Construct UK to deliver its 230,000ft² mixed-use St Pancras Campus plan in Camden, London. The St Pancras Campus will transform an underutilised industrial estate that sits on a 1.2-acre self-contained ‘island’ block near St Pancras Hospital into offices, retail and two separate residential buildings as well as replacing the current industrial use on site. The various buildings are linked together by a common basement and will be serviced by an internal street that runs through the main commercial building. The scheme will also introduce a new micro park to the neighbourhood.
Designed by Stirling-Prize winning architects Caruso St John, the St Pancras Campus has a classic feel, utilising handset brickwork in the residential elements and sandstone and pre-cast concrete for the commercial buildings. It is designed to be attractive to science and technology firms and half of the office building is already under offer to a technology company. Completion is scheduled for 2024.
The development makes use of air source heat pumps, solar panels and introduces blue and green roofs. Utilising a high-performance façade together with on-site energy generation that feeds an all-electric system, the development is helping to support an increasingly decarbonised grid and ensures that the scheme reaches BREEAM Excellent. The development will also create 27 apprenticeships, which further demonstrates the social value created by the development.
Rod Stiles, Director of BAM Construction’s London Region, said: ‘This scheme extends northwards the transformation of Camden, with which BAM is intimately associated, and has that same regenerative feel. I am impressed by the way a strong collaborative approach has already been developed around the project which is a very encouraging sign and an important factor in delivering any signature scheme of this scale and maximising the asset’s value.’
Sascha Lewin, W.RE CEO said: ‘This placemaking opportunity to re-imagine a 1980s industrial site has sustainability and social value at the heart of our project. We are delighted to be playing our part in innovative ESG with onsite energy generation and the sustainable employment opportunities in the form of our apprenticeship schemes, which will provide employment and training opportunities for people during construction but also going forward.’