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British Library Extension to Include Commercial Office Space

British Library Extension to Include Commercial Office Space
08 February 2021
 

The British Library is to have an 800,000 sq ft extension to its King’s Cross site, with construction beginning in 2023.

There will also be 100,000 sq ft of new British Library spaces for learning, exhibitions and public use, including a new northern entrance and a bespoke headquarters for the Alan Turing Institute, the national centre for data science research.

The development, by Stanhope and Japanese developer Mitsui Fudosan, also includes new commercial space for organisations and companies that wish to be located at the heart of London's Knowledge Quarter, close to the Francis Crick Institute and the other knowledge-based companies, research organisations, amenities and transport links located at King’s Cross and St Pancras.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are the architects for the project and have been appointed to design the extension, to be built on a 2.8-acre site to the north of its Grade I Listed building at St Pancras in London.

According to constructionenquirer.com, the extension will also include underground enabling works for the proposed Crossrail 2 station, linking Euston and St Pancras.

The British Library development plans have been held up due to the Crossrail 2 proposals, when work was officially mothballed in an agreement between Transport for London and the government, due to a lack of funding.

Picture: an aerial view of the British Library site. Image credit: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 08 February 2021

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