King’s Cross Sports Hall

  • Location

    Kings Cross

  • Concept Architect

    Bennetts Associates

  • Client

    Argent

    BAM Construction

  • Value

    £7.5m

  • Completion

    2020

  • Size

    2,000m2

  • Shortlisted

    Best Use of Timber Technology

    Offsite Awards 2020

A striking two storey CLT and glulam framed development located in central London

A new sports hall near King’s Cross station in north London which forms part of the wider King’s Cross development.

The hall, which will be for public use, will be built to Sport England standards and will incorporate a combination of four standard badminton courts, a basketball court, a volleyball court and a five-a-side football pitch.

Part of the building will initially be used as a construction training centre, with a smaller fitness suite above.

As it sits directly above Network Rail tunnels, the building is a low-rise, light-weight structure which incorporates Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).

Internally the timber panels are exposed; externally the building will be clad with standing seam black zinc.

Designed by Bennetts Associates for the London Borough of Camden, we were approached by BAM Construction to make design adjustments and deliver the facility.

Using federated BIM models, we thoroughly coordinated the design with the CLT manufacturer and M&E subcontractors.  We were able to ensure the accurate sizing and placement of builders work openings. A 3D Navisworks file has been generated to monitor spatial coordination as the project progresses through manufacture and construction phases.

Our team visited completed CLT buildings to ensure that the design constraints and visual implications were identified before technical design had progressed.

The client was able to review the rendered BIM model interactively at the conclusion of Stage 4 to verify the detailed design decisions and to flag areas requiring further investigation.