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£1 billion – New Google Headquarters, Kings Cross, London

Richter Associates Limited have been involved with this prestigious project since early days and enabling works. We have designed, developed and approved various temporary works schemes to facilitate the construction the new building (including it’s reinforced concrete cores and façade) in King’s Cross, plot KGX1. The proposed building is located North-West of King’s Cross station in the southern most corner of the plot of land between Kings Cross Station Southern Train Shed and King’s Boulevard. It is to be constructed above the existing, below ground, Network Rail Shared Service Yard (SSY) that houses the plant room for Kings Cross Station and also provides access for delivery and maintenance vehicles.

In order to construct the new KGX1 cores it was necessary to partially demolish sections of the existing SSY structure, including the existing ground beams that prop the piled basement wall supporting Kings Cross Station, all while allowing the SSY to operate as normal. A steel framed structure was developed to prop the basement wall. The frame was pre-loaded to ensure that there was negligible movement in the basement wall as the demolition progressed to avoid any potential settlement and subsequent damage to the above ground Kings Cross Station structures. In addition the steel frame was designed to act as a crash deck to allow demolition works to progress without impeding access to the SSY, and also to allow the new concrete structure to be built overhead by providing support for the new formwork shutters.

Other works included the assessment of the existing SSY roof structure for supporting various plant, including a 130t mobile crane and a tower crane, which necessitated the design of a steel grillage to span the tower leg loads away from elements of the roof structure with inadequate capacity. Temporary propping of existing structural elements to provide stability during demolition, developing demolition sequences for the safe removal of structural elements, CAT 3 Check and approval of Slipform Core constructions, various tower crane grillages and providing general advice and support to both Principal Contractor and various specialist sub-contractors, including demolition, concrete frame, façade, etc.

Memberships & Affiliations

Richter Associates comprises teams of Chartered Engineers registered with the Engineering Council and Institution of Civil Engineers. We are fully committed to encouraging and supporting all our engineers and technicians to become chartered members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) or the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE). The Company is RISQS qualified and has a well-established and fully audited Quality Management System.

We are a member of the Temporary Works Forum (TWf) and have close ties with all other members to encourage and promote best practice in the Construction Industry. All our engineers are fully trained and qualified for working on constructions sites (CSCS), the Rail Network (PTS) and London Underground (ICI-LU).

Richter Associates Limited has been accredited with Constructionline since November 2017. This accreditation enables quicker pre-qualification process for us and our clients, through a standardised system to demonstrate our compliance with current Health & Safety standards.

Where to find us

Title Address Description
Richter Associates - Birmingham
35 Bull St, Birmingham B4 6EQ, UK

THE LEWIS BUILDING,
BULL STREET
BIRMINGHAM,
WEST MIDLANDS.
B4 6EQ

Richter Associates - Huddersfield
Independence House, Holly Bank Rd, Huddersfield HD3 3HN, UK

INDEPENDENCE HOUSE,
HOLLY BANK ROAD
HUDDERSFIELD.
HD3 3LX

Richter Associates - Marlow
9 Station Rd, Marlow SL7 1NG, UK

9 STATION ROAD,
MARLOW,
BUCKS.
SL7 1NG

Richter Associates - Exeter
3rd, The Senate, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter EX1 1UG, UK

THE SENATE,
3RD FLOOR,
SOUTHERNHAY GARDENS,
EXETER,
EX1 1UG

Richter Associates - Redhill
Kingsgate, 62 High St, Redhill RH1 1SH, UK

KINGSGATE,
REDHILL,
SURREY,
RH1 1SH

Contact Information

Marlow Office (Head Office)

TEL: +44 (0)1628 472 881
ADDRESS: 9 STATION ROAD, MARLOW, BUCKS. SL7 1NG

Birmingham Office

TEL: +44 (0)121 728 6430
ADDRESS: THE LEWIS BUILDING, BULL STREET, BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS. B4 6EQ

Huddersfield Office

TEL: +44 (0)1484 637 994
ADDRESS: INDEPENDENCE HOUSE, HOLLY BANK ROAD, HUDDERSFIELD. HD3 3LX

Exeter Office

TEL: +44 (0)1392 537 470
ADDRESS: THE SENATE, 3RD FLOOR, SOUTHERNHAY GARDENS, EXETER, EX1 1UG

Redhill Office

TEL: +44 (0)1737 847 500
ADDRESS: KINGSGATE, REDHILL, SURREY, RH1 1SH

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