Carillion woes hit King’s Cross office project

Aaron Morby 10 months ago
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Carillion is no longer in line to build a major office project on the King’s Cross redevelopment in London.

Carillion built the S2 project, now let to Google, and was set for its sister building which gained planing in October

Developer Argent is preparing to start work on the 11-storey office project next year.

Known as S1, the 190,000 sq ft planned office on Handyside Street forms an architectural pairing with S2, which Carillion has just built for Google for around £78m.

It was widely expected Carillion would take on the S1 project but investors are understood to be jittery about Carillion’s financial problems and are seeking another contractor to build the sister project.

Mirroring its partner, S1 will have a tuff stone façade clad in black volcanic lava stone from Armenia, which was a first for buildings of this scale in the UK when S2 was constructed.

A spokeswoman for Argent would not be drawn on the scheme but said: “The King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership has had a long and successful working relationship with Carillion. 

“Although we cannot comment on specific projects we can confirm we have every intention of continuing this relationship and have several projects in the pipeline at King’s Cross that we will actively engage Carillion on in the New Year.”

 

 

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