At the centre of the Knowledge Quarter on Euston Road opposite King’s Cross and St. Pancras stations in Camden, Belgrove House is proposed as a new specialised office and laboratory building for the life-sciences sector. The proposed scheme respects the nationally significant historic station buildings and responds to the engineering achievements of these in an area of strong character and striking contrasts. Its configuration emerges from a clear, legible arrangement of uses on the site. Life-sciences research laboratories can be located on the largest floorplates at floors 1-3, providing animation to the facades and a public window. HQ style offices can be located on floors 5-9. The 4th floor can serve as a dedicated ‘collaboration hub’.
Double Skin Facade assessments
The scope of our work was to assist our clients (facade engineers - FMDC) by examining the advantages and disadvantages of (1) fixed external shading in a Single Skin Façade and (2) a second skin (Double Skin Façade (DSF)) Through a comparative study we identified the design parameters that can maximize the potential benefits.
The study focused on 4 thermal zones (north, east, south and west) as at this point it is important to quantify the potential benefits to drive decisions. Once the façade configuration is selected, then a more elaborated study (for the whole building) is necessary for more accurate performance predictions.