Client: Taylor Woodrow
Built almost entirely underground, the service yard at King’s Cross took shape between two busy rail networks in the centre of London. An access ramp was built carefully to give site access to the yard, which forms the base for a large development of 250 houses and a number of squares and public spaces. The core of an 8 storey building began within the shared service yard. There is also a plant room for Network Rail within the basement box. The Kings Cross Central development as a whole will cover 67 acres, but the service yard is 1750m², and 10m deep, and has room for eight service vehicles, and two disabled parking bays to serve Kings Cross Station.
Morrisroe was contracted to create the excavation, as well as the building core and the entire basement box. Doing this between two very busy railway stations was a challenge, but our people are always willing to rise to the challenge. The top down creation was chosen so as to protect a Grade I listed train shed, which sits right at the edge of the service yard, and thus top down gave better control over the movement of this building.