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Covering a total of 155,000 sq ft, the R7 building on Handyside Street, King’s Cross, is an architectural feat. Designed by architect Duggan Morris, the building’s façade is coloured two shades of pink which complements the bricks used in the 19th Century St Pancras Hotel, while also setting the building apart from other new builds in the area. Inside, the ground floor measures 7m in height, creating a spacious and open area. A cinema and restaurant are open for public use, while the basement features bicycle storage, changing rooms and showers. There is also a communal roof terrace on the 9th floor. The 10th floor also offers spectacular panoramic views across the city, as well as a private eastward roof terrace for those who occupy the offices contained on the upper levels. The construction has also been carefully designed to ensure that each level has its own terrace, and the offices are also equipped with flexible floorplates. This allows the occupants to redesign the physical space of their office, allowing staircases to be installed and removed to suit their individual needs.


After winning a contract for the King’s Cross area, TDS were approached by our client to work on this project alongside Morph Structures and our sister company, Design4Structures. The scope of our services included:

• Main office atrium stairs and balustrade
• Strengthening the first floor
• Feature steel stair flights
• Monolithic balustrade
• Structural glass balustrade and edge protection


Having worked with our client on many high-end architectural projects in the past, they had no qualms in entrusting this project to our specialist team. We were tasked with detailing the staircases and overseeing their installation into the flexible office spaces of the R7 building. This included a staircase for the main reception area, one leading to a mezzanine, and the main atrium staircase creating access from the first floor all the way up to the seventh.

The architect had designed the staircases in a monolithic style, featuring solid metal side panels, encased soffits and invisible fixings, all with a matte black finish. However, no engineering had been calculated and so it was our task to transform these designs into something which could be realised. This involved several challenges which primarily dealt with the actual buildability of the design, which was also impacted by restricted access.

The project was also challenging due to a sudden change in the end user. When the contract was launched, this was to be the high street brand ‘New Look’, but towards the end of 2017, the project was put on hold as the tenant for the offices changed to Google. However, the new users were pleased to accept the architect’s original concept design and we were able to find a compromise which not only satisfied the new client, but also salvaged the elements which had already been manufactured. At present, the staircases we detailed for the main reception and accessing the mezzanine have been put on hold, but we can expect these to be continued next year in 2019.

Ultimately, by producing an end product which has satisfied not one but two high-end clients, our teams have once again demonstrated their skills in Architectural Steelwork, proving that no job is too big or too small for TDS. Our specialist team have expert knowledge in feature staircases, helical stairs, stainless steel balustrading, structural glass, balconies, canopies, lourvres, facades and much more. Contact us today to find out more about the outstanding services we offer.


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