Midland Goods Shed
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Midland Goods Shed

  • Client / King's Cross Central Limited Partnership
  • Architect / Bennetts Associates
  • Main Contractor / Kier Group PLC
  • Location / King's Cross, London
  • Value / £2m
  • Completed / January 2016

The Lakesmere Group played a pivotal role in the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Midland Goods Shed and East Handyside Canopy buildings in the King’s Cross area of London.

Appointed by main contractor Kier and working for key client King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership, Lakesmere was tasked with the delivery of the new roofs for the two buildings. The roof installation followed significant refurbishment work by Kier to retain the original intricate wrought iron structure of the Victorian buildings. To avoid causing any damage by drilling or fixing directly to the refurbished ironwork, Lakesmere created a secondary steel frame which was fixed with clamps to the core structure. Covering some 5000m2, this provided the support the purlins for the Kalzip aluminium standing seam roof. Additionally, Lakesmere constructed a temporary internal ‘roof’ below the main roof structure to protect the floor which contains the original unloading platforms.

At the outset a 3D survey of the structure revealed significant height variances within the existing structure. Lakesmere’s design team overcame this by using a cleat system between the clamp and the new roof purlins to bring the tolerance for the new roof system in line with modern standards.

As part of Lakesmere’s challenging contract, the team also installed areas of flat roofing, slate roofing, mansafe, walkways, louvres, rooflights and access hatches.

Constructed in the 1850s, the Midland Goods Shed was used as a temporary passenger terminal while the main Kings Cross Station was being built and was later used as a goods shed. The adjacent East Handyside Canopy was added in 1888 to provide shelter for unloading and distributing perishable goods. The restoration of these buildings forms part of a 67 acre redevelopment site which aims to preserve the heritage of the King’s Cross area while transforming it into a vibrant place to live and work. Since being restored the buildings now house a Waitrose store, café, cookery school and cultural space.

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