Kings Cross’ Capella tops out

Chapman Taylor’s Rachel Rogerson has attended the topping-out ceremony for Capella, a 200,000 sq ft residential building, part of Argent’s vision for the continuing transformation of King’s Cross into a vibrant new neighbourhood in the heart of London.

The building will boast a brand new postcode, N1C, and residents will soon enjoy the best that London has to offer. The King’s Cross masterplan is one of the largest and most successful redevelopments in London. Over the past 20 years, what was an underused industrial site has been transformed and rejuvenated with new streets, squares and parks, homes, shops, offices, galleries, bars, restaurants and amenity spaces.

Chapman Taylor is delighted to be working as executive architect for Laing O’Rourke on Capella. Capella will provide 176 new homes comprising studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments and townhouses, including 56 affordable homes.

Chapman Taylor took on the architectural design from RIBA Stage 4 to complete the technical design to suit the DfMA approach and deliver the project through to completion.

Credits: Developer - Argent, Main Contractor - Laing O’Rourke, Concept Architect - Allies and Morrison, Executive Architect - Chapman Taylor, Interior Designer - Johnson Naylor.

Andrew Carroll

Director, UK

Since joining Chapman Taylor in 2002, Andy has been involved in the design and delivery of major projects across a range of sectors including mixed-use, office, residential, hospitality, retail and leisure.

Andy has considerable experience at all stages of design with a particular expertise in leading design teams through the detailed design and delivery stages of large, complex projects. He enjoys working collaboratively to lead and motivate the team with a creative and positive approach to his work. As a UK Board Director, Andy oversees design delivery services and helps to define and implement our core values across the UK.

Areas of expertise:

Mixed-use / Workplace / Residential / Hospitality / Retail / Leisure / Design Management / Design Delivery

Rachel Rogerson (BA (Hons), Dip Arch)

Director, UK

Rachel joined Chapman Taylor in Manchester in 2006 and became a Director in 2022. She is responsible for leading the UK Technical Group and coordinating ISO 14001 and 9001 in the Manchester studio.

She has over 20 years’ experience, with a particular focus on leading the technical design delivery and design management of major projects in the UK and internationally across a number of sectors.

Areas of expertise:

Residential / Leisure / Retail / Higher Education / Specialist Fit Out / Design Delivery / Design Management

Akanimo Nkanang

Senior Architect,

Akanimo joined Chapman Taylor in 2006 and has been an instrumental part our team ever since, delivering major projects successfully across a mix of sectors.

Akanimo enjoys working on the detailed design and delivery phases of projects and has particular expertise in design development and coordination. He is a hands-on architect, leading the development of our BIM model and technical information with a passion for high-quality design and detailing.

Area of Expertise:

Mixed Use / Residential / Higher Education / Design Delivery

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