BAM Construction London

Main Contractor:

King's Cross Central Limited Partnership




Heatherwick Studio



Completion Date:



Coal Drops Yard, built in the 1850s, was used as the main coal store for all of London, transferring coal from rail wagons to road carts. The coal drops buildings were used to store coal for most of the 20th century, until the 1990’s, when they were used for light warehousing and the light industry and fell out of use in the last century.

The new retail quarter, Coal Drops Yard, was designed and constructed around the original buildings, bringing the old industrial features that had stood the test of time, back to life. The combination of the old and new architecture will create a shopping destination that provides a memorable and enthralling experience.
As the contracted steelwork provider, Severfield has had extensive involvement in this project, right from the design stage.

Severfield’s scope of works included the connection design, detailing, fabrication, supply and on-site construction of all new steelwork. We also provided the design, fabrication and construction of all temporary works steelwork which was required to support the new feature roof during construction.

The most complex feature is the new ribbon truss roof, made up of twenty bespoke tubular modules, which were sub-assembled on the ground into eight modules for construction. Support to the roof during constriction was provided by twelve temporary trestles. The new roof provides a continuation of the existing slate roof, and will connect the East and West Coal Drops at upper level via a suspended floor.

Opening in Autumn 2018, Coal Drops Yard will provide a unique shopping experience, a project in which Severfield is proud to have been a part of.

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