King’s Cross is one of the largest and most exciting redevelopments in Central London with industrial wasteland being transformed into new homes, shops, offices, bars, restaurants and a university. BAM Construct and BAM Nuttall were involved in a number of works packages requiring a close working relationship with Argent, the London Borough of Camden and English Heritage. These included:
Pancras Road Realignment: The work was carried out in a very restricted area adjacent to St Pancras International Station redevelopment site and bordered by Grade 1 listed buildings. After a delay to the start on site date, the original programme was reduced from eleven months to five months to meet the official opening date by Her Majesty the Queen. To achieve this opening date, works were re-programmed and commenced from both ends rather than working in a linear fashion. Cost and time savings were also achieved by value engineering the highway design.
Eastern Goods Yard Infrastructure: Working alongside BAM Construct, we carried out all the infrastructure works for the Granary Building. The close working relationship and shared goals between the two companies enabled a smooth operation and construction process. Part of the works involved removing the existing Excel Bridge and replacing it with a new bridge across Regents Canal. Early consultation and continued engagement with British Waterways facilitated a timely handover.
Another key element of works was the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Victorian gasholders that once dominated the landscape around King’s Cross station. The gasholders were dismantled on site and taken to specialists in Yorkshire for restoration. The structures have now been relocated to a new site next to the canal and will be used as innovative public spaces. During the works we held regular open days and over 3600 members of the public visited the site.
Granary Square: This is one of the largest urban spaces of its kind in Europe and forms the focal point for the Kings Cross Redevelopment. BAM Nuttall was awarded the contract to design and build the biggest fountain in the UK, associated infrastructure and surrounding landscape, aimed at inspiring and encouraging a community spirit of play and performance. To preserve the history of Granary Square, we worked closely with English Heritage to ensure the careful removal and restoration of two 16ft turntables, constructed in the 1800s.
Award winning health and safety
The team was committed to raising health and safety standards and put in place a best practice process for traffic marshalling which resulted in a significant decrease in plant near misses. This system was recognised by the HSE and adopted by two other construction companies in a bid to make it an accredited CPCS course. The team was presented with a RoSPA Gold Award in 2009.
“As a regular walker past the King’s Cross redevelopment I have been very impressed with the way BAM Nuttall have approached Health and Safety and their Beyond Zero culture… I get a real sense that the Health and Safety culture has been truly embedded in the way they do work…”
Nigel Paterson, Chief Operating Officer, Veolia Water UK
We prioritised the needs of the local communities during the works. Working in partnership with Global Regeneration – a charity which gives young people opportunities to create a sustainable future – BAM Nuttall staff helped 40 volunteers create ‘skip gardens’ on site - containing vegetable gardens. This has now grown into a community project that provides opportunities for local young people.
We were also involved in the recruitment and training of local apprentices from the Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre and the surrounding boroughs. In total, 27 apprentices were engaged in our works and attained qualifications in a number of construction skills.