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Retrofitting an Inner-City District In the heart of London, the King’s Cross development is achieving sustainability while protecting cultural heritage.

ENVIRONMENTAL Energy usage at King’s Cross will be at least 39% less than industry norms.

SOCIAL Improved quality of life is expected through transforming the physical environment and creating new affordable housing, parks, public spaces, and sports facilities.

ECONOMIC Energy-efficient design will provide residents and tenants with significant savings on energy costs.

The 66 acre development at King’s Cross is creating a new piece of London: 50 new buildings, 2,000 new homes, 20 new streets, and 10 new parks and public spaces. The cultural heritage of the area was given priority during the “retrofitting” process. Reuse of heritage buildings and programs to create affordable homes are in place in order to protect social and cultural diversity. King’s Cross includes energy-efficient buildings, with all new buildings achieving a BREEAM “Excellent” rating, green transportation, and a treeplanting program. Eighty percent of power demand is to come from renewable technologies like roof-mounted wind turbines and solar panels as well as a combined heat and power (CHP) plant that is 80% efficient, compared to 30% in the conventional UK electricity supply. However, with the CHP plant being gas powered, King’s Cross should develop a plan to achieve 100% renewable energy in order to be truly inspirational in terms of energy production. Why a Sustainia100 solution? When complete, 45,000 people will live, work, or study in King’s Cross, demonstrating that sustainable solutions are viable, can improve people’s lives, and are available on a massive scale in cities.

Developed in UK

Deployed in UK

“AT KING’S CROSS, SUSTAINABILITY INFLUENCES EVERYTHING WE DO AND THE BENEFITS ARE ALREADY BEING DELIVERED. IF YOU NEED PROOF THAT SUSTAINABILITY WORKS, I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO COME AND SEE IT FOR YOURSELF.” DAVID PARTRDGE, DIRECTOR, ARGENT

Solution by King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership and Argent 143


2013 Sustainia100