Sainsbury's new headquarters will reportedly include not onlyoffice space but also retail, small business units, a gymnasium,and cooking research and demonstration suites. It will be locatedto the north of the former Eastern Goods Yard buildings, whicharchitecture firm Stanton Williams is converting into a new homefor the University of the Arts, London.

Allies and Morrison designed the Sainsbury building; developerArgent is overseeing its construction. Incorporating rainwaterharvesting, grey water recycling and its own cogeneration plant,the design achieved an "excellent" rating under the BREEnvironmental Assessment Method, the UK's equivalent to the USGreen Building Council's LEED certification program in the US.Completion is slated for early 2012.

Allies and Morrison also helped design the overall Kings CrossCentral master plan, which won approval in December 2006. Theoverall plan calls for 4.9 million square feet of office space,500,000 square feet of retail, 2,000 new housing units (40% of themaffordable), 10 new public spaces and the restoration of 20historic buildings and structures.

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