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Green light for King’s Cross development

Camden Council has approved plans for the first fully residential building in a new multipurpose, 67 acre development at King’s Cross Central Station in London. The design consists of 117 affordable homes, comprised of 15 supported housing units, 77 general needs social rented apartments and 25 shared ownership flats. The residential development ‘Building R4,’ has been designed by PRP Architects and is set to provide a significant amount of private amenity space for residents, with over half the homes being equipped with private balconies.

Adjacent to the residential scheme are several high quality public spaces, including the East Lane Garden and Courtyard and the York Way Recreation Space. These two areas are part of site-side plan to provide exemplar public space across King’s Cross Central. Last year, King’s Cross Central and One Housing Group came to an agreement to deliver the first phase of an affordable homes scheme in the local area, supported by a £42m HCA funding package from the latter.

Robert Evans from King’s Cross Central said: “We are delighted that the Council voted unanimously to approve our detailed plans for Building R4. It means that the first residents should be moving in well before the 2012 London Olympics. These will be high quality affordable homes - centrally located, thoughtfully planned, intelligently designed and very well managed.”

Construction of the R4 development is set begin in summer 2010, with the first residents to move in early 2012.

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