King's House, 2021

new venue for inner-city church

King’s Cross Church have been working with Haworth Tompkins on their first dedicated venue - King’s House, located on Pentonville Road in King’s Cross. The two-storey former snooker hall, drama school and bike repair shop is undergoing a light-touch refurbishment as a first phase, with adapted building access, improved thermal performance and the provision of a new shopfront, giving the church a public face onto the street.

The design accommodates the wide variety of activities and initiatives undertaken by both the church and their partners, including space provision for a food bank, counselling services and other community outreach projects; under the same roof for the first time. A 200-seat auditorium, office space, a creche, cafe and kitchen have been planned to maximise the building’s functionality in the short-term without impeding the long-term aspirations of the church, which include an extension to increase auditorium capacity, and provide additional office space for their expanding team.

client

king's cross church

main contractor

clements

structural engineer

edge structures

services engineer

max fordham

quantity surveyor

huntley cartwright