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London’s King’s Cross


BAM Construction’s modernisation of the mid-19th Century Fish and Coal Buildings

and German Gymnasium have been highly praised by the Scheme.



June 2015

Issue 37

repairing the external brickwork

and metal windows, in keeping

with the building’s heritage


“We’re doing this by replacing old

timber windows and installing high

performance doors and windows to

better insulate the building.”

David added: “Once complete, the

German Gym will be handed over

to the tenant for fit-out to create

a 150-seat brasserie and bar with

outdoor terrace on the ground floor

and smaller restaurant upstairs.”

The contractor will convert

the 150-year-old Fish and Coal

Buildings, which follow the curve

of the Regent’s Canal, into modern

offices, studios and dining spaces

under a deal with developer the

King’s Cross Central Partnership, led

by Argent.

The project represents BAM’s

latest involvement at King’s Cross.

It will draw on a combined heat

and power plant within the wider

development as part of its work to

target a ‘BREEAM Excellent’ rating.

Commenting on the benefits

of being registered with the

Scheme, Mr Packham said: “BAM

wants to make sure all of our sites

have a positive impact on the

communities we work in.

“Registering with the CCS

(Considerate Constructors Scheme)

helps the site team focus on

specific areas and work towards

The construction company is

currently refurbishing the Grade

II listed German Gymnasium. The

building at the bustling entrance

to the King’s Cross Central is

being developed into restaurants

and bars over two floors for D&D


Outlining the project which scored

very highly with the Scheme, BAM

Construction’s Project Manager

David Packham said: “We are

deconstructing modern additions

and opening up the first floor

mezzanine to reveal the beauty of

the rare and original laminated roof


“We are strengthening the unique

roof structure, repairing it and

re-slating it. We’re also sensitively