S2 Handyside, Kings Cross

S2 Handyside is an 11 storey office building, fronting Lewis Cubit Park, on the Kings Cross estate.
It was designed by Mossessian Architecture for Argent and is currently fully let to Google.

The building was completed in 2016, with FMDC providing Façade Consultancy services from initial engagement in Stage 2, to completion on site.

The elevations were executed in unitised curtain walling, manufactured and installed by Northern Irish sub-contractor McMullen. Carillion were Main Contractor, until their demise, with BAM inheriting the project and completing the build.

A key element of the façade is the Armenian Tuff stone, employed as a rainscreen, fixed to the unitised panels. FMDC geologists played an important role in the specification and procurement of this unusual material, visiting the quarry and fabrication facility in Armenia with the client, Contractor and Architect, to agree acceptable range limits. This highly successful building has retail and restaurant programme at ground floor and a roof terrace to supplement 9 floors of office space.