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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

First phase of residential homes at King’s Cross comes to the market

King’s Cross has announced the launch of ArtHouse, the first phase of private residential homes for sale at the 67 acre site. King’s Cross, the largest development project in central London, will provide over 8 million sq ft (743,200 sqm) of mixed use space, including some 2,000 homes and serviced apartments. The mix of uses, heritage buildings and canal-side setting all add to the extraordinary character of the area.

Prices for the new homes at ArtHouse, designed by award winning architects dRMM, will be announced on Friday, April 15th at an exhibition to be held at the JW Marriot, Kuala Lumpur.

Located between the new Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – probably the best known art college in the world and part of the University of the Arts London - and Kings Place - home to two concert halls, two galleries and a restaurant, as well as major companies such as Guardian Media Group – ArtHouse offers 114 one, two and three-bedroom private apartments, duplexes and penthouses. ArtHouse is scheduled for completion in 2013.

ArtHouse residents will enjoy panoramic views over London and a prime location, close to the capital’s best transport interchange with the Eurostar at St Pancras International, mainline connections at King’s Cross Station and six tube lines, all within a few minutes walk. King’s Cross, in Zone 1, is also close to numerous leading universities and a variety of the major museums and cultural institutions that make up this world city. ArtHouse is immediately next to the Regent’s Canal, the new Handyside Park and the new fountains of Granary Square.

The building’s sophisticated and striking façade is dressed in terracotta and polished stainless steel, complementing the significant architectural and industrial heritage of its neighbours. Exterior sliding aluminium louvres animate the façade, shading and cooling the interior and enhancing privacy.

Handyside Park runs the full length of the building, extending visually into the lobby through the landscaped courtyards and the glazed ground floor cloisters.

Many apartments at ArtHouse have park, canal or city views from generous balconies and some are dual aspect. The properties are well-insulated, light-filled and intelligently designed with contemporary interiors and bespoke kitchen and bathroom suites by specialist Johnson Naylor. A 24-hour concierge and security service will be onsite and underground parking will be available for purchase. All new homes will be managed by the King’s Cross Estate and Building Management teams.

‘Green’ features have been integrated into the design of ArtHouse from the beginning in order to achieve a target of Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. All of the building’s hot water comes from the super-efficient King’s Cross Energy Centre which offsets around 75% of the whole development’s electricity needs.

King’s Cross, already Europe’s most connected location, is on its way to becoming the new cultural centre of London. New restaurants, shops, markets, health and fitness facilities, music venues, cinemas, hotels, a school and the new home of Central Saint Martins, will make King’s Cross the most exciting centre of any western capital city. N1C is the new post code covering the 67 acre King’s Cross development and St Pancras International - the “C” representing its Central London location.

The opportunity for both investors and home buyers is unique – stunning brand new one, twoand three bedroom homes with a host of cultural, commercial and leisure facilities on the doorstep, will be available from April 2011 onwards.

For more information on opportunities to invest at King’s Cross, contact Knight Frank: 03-22899666

By The Star

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