Coal Drops Yard, a new retail development in King's Cross opens today. GQA have been acting as heritage consultants for the transformation of these listed railway buildings by Heatherwick Studio. Originally built by the Great Norther Railway as part of their goods yards in the 1850s and used as Bagley's nightclub in the 1990s. We have worked closely with the design team to develop the bold, innovative design, whilst advising on conservation to the Victorian structures. Major challenges included how to provide level access to the listed building, how to upgrade the fabric to BREEAM Very Good standard and how to retain quirky historic features.

    Coal Drops Yard will feature retail units, ranging from international brands, to new start-ups and traditional manufacturers. Heatherwick Studio have designed a spectacular new roof-level extension with curving slate roofs. It is in the heart of King's Cross, an emerging neighbourhood that includes some of the most historic railway buildings in the country and new buildings by some of the biggest names in architecture today. 

    For further information please click below

    https://www.dezeen.com/2018/10/26/thomas-heatherwick-studio-coal-drops-yard-shopping-centre-kings-cross-architecture/

    GQA are delighted to announce that Niall Bird has been elected a Guardian of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. The society was founded by William Morris in 1877 and is a leading organisation promoting the conservation of historic buildings. Prior to joining GQA, Niall was awarded and undertook the SPAB’s prestigious Lethaby Scholarship course. Niall will be one of twelve guardians responsible for overseeing the running of the society.

     https://www.spab.org.uk/about-us/trustees-guardians

     

    We are delighted to be honoured at the UK Property Awards at the Royal Lancaster, London on 26th October 2018 for our award in the Single Residence Design Category for London with the Holland Park Residence.

    The UK Property Awards are judged by an independent panel of 80 industry experts. Judging focuses on design, quality, service, innovation, originality, and commitment to sustainability. The judging panel is chaired by Lord Caithness, Lord Best, The Earl of Liverpool, and Lord Thurso, members of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament. The UK Property Awards are the largest, most prestigious, and widely recognised programme throughout the region. The top winners in each region will automatically be entered in to the overall international awards, culminating in a glittering awards ceremony, held at the Savoy Hotel, London.

     

     

     

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    GQA are delighted that the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter has just been awarded the 2018 National Award in addition to

    the RIBA London Award 2018 and the RIBA London Building of the Year 2018.

    The judges' commented: "Every once in a while an architect, a site and a client work seamlessly together to create a special moment in the city. The new courtyard, cafe, shop and gallery of the Exhibition Road Quarter is such a place in time." 

    To read the full RIBA article please click here  and for the full list of winners please click here.