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Front Elevation client congratulated for multi award winning project in Kings Cross

The Granary Building / Central St Martins College wins more awards.

The Granary / Eastern Goods Yard - Western Transit Shed has been showered with accolades since its award winning design was put together by Stanton Williams in 2008.


The 2013 Civic Trust Award has now been added to the list. MERO-SCHMIDLIN carried out 10 packages including the glazing plus the glazing and cladding of the modern extension seen below.

Central St Martins College Frontelevation

The Granay Building is a renovation of 160 year old train sheds into a contemporary education facility, offices and commercial space.


When Lewis Cubitt built the Granary Building in 1852 I doubt if he ever considered that the building would be winning Architectural & Construction awards some 160 years later. However in the hands of one of the UK's top architects, Stanton Williams,  the original building has been transformed from a Goods Yard behind Kings Cross Station into a fusion of contemporary new build and sympathetic restoration. The site consists of The Granary Building plus The Eastern & Western Transit Sheds. The project has gone on to feature in no less than 16 Construction & Architectural awards over the last 5 years.


Central St Martins Vestibule Frontelevation

The interior has been transformed by multi faceted glazing, designed and installed by MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC


With their portfolio of similar projects in the UK and across Europe MERO-SCHMIDLIN (UK) PLC were the ideal candidate for the design and installation of the more contemporary Glass, Roofing and Facade features. As with this type of restoration 'Bespoke' is a key facility as the modern interior and exterior elements of this project need to seamlessly blend in with the idiosyncrasies of a 160 year old brick building. As with any project of this magnitude the specialist design element offered by Mero Schmidlin can never be  engaged too early in proceedings. The MS design team were able to develop workable details from the early design sketches to fully represent the architects design intent. With their very impressive portfolio and the specialist experience as installers as well as manufacturers, Mero-Schmidlin were able to integrate buildability and value engineering enabling significant cost savings from day one.


Central St Martin Roof Light frontelevation

Bespoke Glazing Units by MERO-SCHMIDLIN in the complex and roof have completely transformed the building


The building now contains the primary campus for the Central St Martins College of Arts and Design plus retail, leisure, office and public spaces. Because of the complexity of redeveloping such a vast space the Glazing Element alone was split into 10 separate packages. These elements involved a huge range of materials from different manufacturers posing a tremendous challenge to both the design and procurement teams at Mero-Schmidlin but proved a testament to their versatility and site management.


Central St Martins link frontelevation

Internal Glass Balustrades and Partitions give a light airy atmospere


The Grade Two listed building was transformed with a glazed rooflight and lightwell whch runs down the spine of the building along with a series of slot windows to the south facade with glazed screens and doors within the first floor reception area. The Granary building is linked to the Eastern and Western Transit Sheds by a 20 metre high complex with glazed units in abundance together with a series of glass and steel facades reaching up to the third storey. These features are all the more pleasing on the eye due to the intricate attention to detail by Mero-Schmidlin who as installers as well as manufacturers had designed and implemented a series of fixings and hanging arrangements to enable these materials to be 'invisibly fixed'.


Central S Martin North End Frontelevation

The interior features high level glazing, 160 year old brickwork plus a few internal trees for good measure


Having passed through the 'Link' building you are greeted with another vast and open space. The main central area is 80 metres in length and also towers to 20 metres in height. This 'Street' has glazing running along both sides on all five levels with a mixture of ribbon windows and full height glass. The northern end of the central link cantilevers outside of the main building envelope and is clad with the Pilkington Profilit System forming a continuous glazed facade. The far end of the Eastern Transit Shed is dominated by two arches which were the entry points for the goods trains and are now glazed with curved RSA frames within the existing reveals. These were engineered using curved sheet steel and are replicated with 12 further units running horizontally along the eastern sheds side elevation.


Central St Martins Hall Frontelevation

The Internal Space emphasises the buildings height but offers very clean lines throughout


It is a fine example of Mero-Schmidlin's versatility when you view the facade of the building where you will see to your extreme left, the West granary office Extension. This houses a  Cafe/Bar plus offices of the site owners and the very modern extension remains sympathetic to the traditions of the restoration. Mero-Schmidlin clad the two storey building in mild steel which has allowed to weather giving the now fashionable rusted appearance. The contemporary  structure is further enhanced by a mixture of steel clad panels and glazed units providing a unique and very distinctive commercial space. Further packages involved the bespoke glazing of arches, glazed screens and fully glazed opening doors for the other occupiers within the building complex.


Central St Martins Exterior Frontelevation

 The Glazing Theme carries on with glass cladding and glazed roof


The project was incredibly complex involving a huge and diverse range of glazing and cladding products from all over Europe which had to be carefully 'site-managed' and the packages totalled almost £12m for Mero-Schmidlin across the whole complex. As much of the acclaim has been for its design and aesthetics, Mero-Schmidlin can be fully justified in feeling very proud of the fantastic response that this project has received from all sectors of the construction industry both in the UK and further afield.


Central St Martins Roof Frontelevation

Here we can see the very compplex glass roof and full height glazed area with various building project taking place at Kings Cross in the background


The Awards List for The Granary / Central St Martins College of Art and Design


2013 Civic Trust Award
2013 Nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award
2012 Concrete Society Award, Overall winner
2012 RIBA Award
2012 AJ100 Building of the Year
2012 BCI Award, Major Building Project of the Year
2012 New London Award, Education Category
2012 World Architecture Festival Award, World’s Best Higher Education and Research Building
2012 RICS Award, Regeneration 
2012 Public Building of the Year, Building Awards
2012 AIA UK Award for Design Excellence
2012 Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence
2012 World Architecture News Education Award
2012 AIT Award Top Ten Education Selection
2012 LABC National Building Excellence Awards, Best Education Development
2008 Commended, MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards


Central St Martins Hall2 Frontelevation

The MERO-SCHMIDLIN packages for BAM Construction totalled almost £12m


For More information on this project see:




Stanton Williams Architects website


Project Photography by Paul Scott of Front Elevation











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