Coal Drops Yard in the heart of King’s Cross, London, is bathed in history and architectural excellence and is a beautiful example of how old and new can work seamlessly together.
Propak were appointed by BAM Construction to design, manufacture and install a large range of steel glazing systems for the project – which was a huge honour for Propak as it was not only working with the world-renowned architect Thomas Heatherwick but also such iconic buildings.
Built in the 1850s, the Coal Drops were used for receiving and sorting coal as it arrived from the north of England by train. The Victorian brick arches were brought back to life in a design from Heatherwick Studios with Propak developing a range of glazing systems that brings together the industrial heritage with exciting contemporary architecture and design.
There was a vast range of glazing for the project and as such there has been a thorough design process to tackle each element of the work:
- Fire rated glazing
- Steel curtain wall
- 5m wide arched head shop fronts
- Steel Entrance Doors
- Bi-folding Steel Panel Doors
With its canal side location, Victorian architecture and beautiful new public squares as a backdrop, Coal Drops Yard is a truly unique shopping, dining and working destination for London. The cobbled streets and Victorian brick arches house an eclectic and original mix of shopping and leisure. It’s a magnet for visitors from across London, the UK and further afield – next time you are waiting for a train make sure you take a look!
As with any large heritage refurbishment there were problems to tackle and this project certainly had plenty for our experienced team to find solutions for. Read more about our involvement with Coal Drops Yard and how we helped create a true masterpiece with BAM construction with our latest blog – click here for more information.