Ashby Capital and Native Land secure planning permission for King’s Cross lab building

Real estate investor Ashby Capital and developer Native Land have received planning permission for a transformation project in London’s King’s Cross.

A team led by Stiff + Trevillion Architects, will transform the existing Edwardian building at 105 Judd Street into a 6,503 m2 'lab-enabled' creative re-use scheme, retaining 75% of exiting fabric while increasing floorspace by more than 20% thanks to a two-storey extension.

The all-electric, BREEAM Outstanding development will out-perform embodied carbon targets and deliver urban greening and public realm improvements.

Peter Ferrari, CEO of Ashby Capital, said: ‘Judd Street will be an important addition to our portfolio of smart, best-in-class office assets in strategic London locations, allowing us to capitalise on growing demand from the life sciences sector. We look forward to working with Native Land and the development team to deliver a first-rate building which meets future needs for flexibility, collaboration and amenity.’

Alasdair Nicholls, CEO of Native Land, commented: ‘Our aim is to deliver high quality workspace for London’s Knowledge Quarter, with outstanding floor-to-ceiling heights that create large-volume creative workspaces that can be rapidly converted to science and technology research. 105 Judd Street is a flagship project that supports the aims and objectives of the Knowledge Quarter and embodies Native Land’s mission to provide innovative, sustainable, mixed-use urban projects, offering a first-class experience for occupiers.’

The roof design will create outdoor terraces for office users, and the building will include 152 cycle parking spaces in the basement and a publicly accessible café at ground level.

The project aims to meet increasing demand for flexible and adaptable lab and office space in London’s Knowledge Quarter, allowing for easy conversion of floors from offices to labs.

The area benefits from excellent connectivity options with three railway termini providing direct links to Paris and other European cities, the East and West Coast Main Lines and HS2 (on completion), as well as six London Underground lines.

Knight Frank and Cushman & Wakefield have been appointed as letting agents, while Gerald Eve advised on planning.

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