Impact Hub’s Grade II-listed King's Cross building will be opening its doors on Saturday 19th September as part of the annual Open House London festival of architecture and design.
The building was originally built in 1873 as a warehouse for an adjoining black lead and blue factory that lay to the rear. In the 1940s it was used by a manufacturer of mechanical hoists and more recently for car repairs. It is Grade II listed thanks in particular to its roof, a composite structure with hipped ends of timber carried on tension-braced iron tie and king rods that span the entire width of the warehouse (nothing quite like this has been found elsewhere).
In 2007 the building was refurbished and repurposed as a co-working hub comprising various work, meeting and community spaces. It has also been designed to incorporate emerging green technology such as air source heat pumps and night time pre-heating and pre-cooling systems, as well as ethically sourced materials such as FSC wood panelling.
The building provides Impact Hub members - entrepreneurs, social investors, freelancers, advocates, campaigners, creatives, artists, consultants, coaches and more – with access to training and support; touchdown meeting spaces and hot desks; a flexible exhibition and events space; a fair-trade and organic cafe bar; and a programme of lectures, training workshops, debates and music.
Capita’s property and workplace consulting team have been providing strategic workplace advice to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the co-working space by introducing new settings that accommodate various activities. These include new upholstered phone booths and high-back seating for impromptu meetings and focus work, along with new flexible meeting room furniture and desking.
Created and delivered by the independent non-profit organisation Open-City, Open House London is the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design. Now in its 23rd year, it is a city-wide celebration of the buildings, places and neighbourhoods where people live and work that provides free and open access to more than 700 outstanding examples of historic and contemporary buildings, on-site projects and public spaces.
Date: Saturday 19th September.
Time: 10am-to-5pm. Half-hourly tours, first come first served basis. No tours 12noon-1.45pm. Last entry 4.45pm.
Address: Impact Hub King's Cross, 34B York Way, N1 9AB, London
Tube/Rail: King's Cross St Pancras.
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