Since 2008, PBA has been involved in the King’s Cross Central redevelopment scheme, one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe, with 67 acres of brownfield land being redeveloped.
Built in the 1850s and '60s to transfer coal from rail wagons to road carts, the brick and cast iron structure originally carried four high-level railway tracks, from which wagons dropped coal into storage hoppers. By the 1990s, however, they were being used as workshops, studios and night clubs. The Coal Drops have now been restored and will become a unique new 10,000m2 retail quarter.
PBA was asked to provide detailed design services and reserved matters planning support through the construction phases. PBA provided drainage design and associated BREEAM support, paving design and to include external profiles over two levels, the ground floor and the viaduct level. A build over agreement from Thames Water was sought to allow works to be carried out near to a public sewer. PBA worked closely with the client and co-professionals to achieve the end result.
The Coal Drops Yard complex opened on the 1 November 2018.