The topping out ceremony for the 120 Kings Road project took place on Wednesday 29th June, attended by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea ward councillors, Cllr Will and Cllr Kemahli, who helped pour the final element of concrete in front of VIPs, including Steven Medway, Chief Executive of King’s Road Partnership and local residents.
Cllr Kemahli thanked Crosstree Real Estate Partners for their approach to the scheme. Designed by Squires and Partners the development is a mixed-use project, which replaces the outdated Kings Walk shopping centre with up to 50,000 square foot of premium office space and 30,000 Sqft of leisure and retail space.
The outcome will be a BREEAM excellent building with environmental, social and governance principles at the core of its design.
The building will retain 68% of the original structure, incorporating the use of a recycled raised access flooring system, and is clad in reclaimed London stock bricks. All of which reduces the carbon impact of the building to an equivalent of planting 82,000m2 of native forest.
In addition, a four-storey 655m2 vertical garden will be installed along the rear façade featuring over 150,000 plants, which will extract 2.7 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and generate 7.1 tonnes of oxygen every year.
Artist’s impression of 120 King’s Road: