5 Pancras Square.

King's Cross Central, London
2009 - 2014

Local authorities are under intense pressure to simultaneously improve access to services while being more efficient. With a public library, service centre, gym and swimming pools beneath ten floors of office accommodation, the new building has enabled the London Borough of Camden to significantly improve its face-to-face customer services. And, by co-locating several previously disparate departments into one open volume, the new offices have been a catalyst for a dramatic change in the working culture. Greater interaction and collaboration between departments has enabled substantial efficiencies and operational cost savings.

The project has also transformed the environmental impact of the council. It is an exemplar of an environmental building in an-inner city context, which achieves the highest standards of environmental sustainability for a major office development, using a combination of complementary passive and active design features to obtain very low carbon emissions. These include the use of low glazing ratios and an energy-efficient ventilation system. At the time of completion, 5 Pancras Square achieved the highest BREEAM Outstanding rating (96.7%) ever achieved.

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“5 Pancras Square is a fantastic new public services hub for Camden, as well as being one of the greenest public buildings in the UK.”

Cllr Theo Blackwell
Cabinet Member for Finance and Technology



Project Information

  • Client
  • The London Borough of Camden
  • Area
  • 22,700 m²
  • Structural Engineer
  • AKT II
  • Contractor
  • Kier
  • Services Engineer/Sustainability
  • Grontmij
  • Leisure Facilities Architect
  • LA Architects
  • Architect
  • Bennetts Associates
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Gardiner & Theobald


  • 2016
  • BREEAM Awards – BREEAM Mixed Use and Other Buildings Award
  • 2016
  • Civic Trust Awards – Commendation
  • 2015
  • Construction News Awards – Sustainable Project of the Year
  • 2015
  • LABC Building Excellence Awards – Best inclusive building, London region
  • 2015
  • BCI Awards – Best Practice Award
  • 2015
  • BCI Awards – Health and Safety Award
  • 2015
  • RICS Awards – Winner, Commercial category
  • 2015
  • The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards – Impact award, Built Environment category
  • 2015
  • BREEAM Awards – BREEAM Outstanding
  • 2015
  • Building Awards – Sustainability Project of the Year
  • 2015
  • Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Awards – Winner
  • 2015
  • RIBA Award – RIBA London Regional Award
  • 2015
  • RIBA Award – RIBA London Sustainability Award