New pictures show King’s Cross’ Capella development taking shape

Chapman Taylor is delighted to be working as executive architect for Laing O’Rourke on Capella. Designed to RIBA stage 4 by Allies and Morrison, this new residential development is part of Argent’s vision for the continuing transformation of King’s Cross into a vibrant new neighbourhood in the heart of London.

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.

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.

Modern methods of construction are at the forefront of the project, utilising the Laing O’Rourke DfMA principles for all elements of the scheme, from prefabricated structure, unitised façade panels through to bathroom and utility pods. This process improves health and safety, and quality on-site, whilst reducing the overall construction programme and reducing waste.

Capella is part of a vibrant new neighbourhood with a brand new postcode – N1C, enjoying the best that London has to offer. It’s great to see this exciting project starting to come out of the ground.


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 led the design and delivery of major projects across a range of sectors including mixed-use, office, residential, hospitality, retail and leisure.

Andy is a core member of the Manchester Studio leadership team. As a UK Board Director, he oversees our workplace and design delivery services and contributes to defining and implementing 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 is an accomplished design team leader and has worked on many of Chapman Taylor’s flagship projects in the UK and internationally since joining in 2006.

She has over 20 years of experience, with a particular focus on leading complex technical projects and design management of major projects across a number of sectors. Rachel was promoted to the UK Board in 2023 and splits her time between the London and Manchester studios.

Areas of expertise:

Specialist Fit Out / Leisure / Retail / Higher Education / Residential / 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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