Hilson Moran has been shortlisted for a competition to renovate a redundant gasholder building in King’s Cross, London.

The engineering consultancy worked with Bell Phillips + Kimble architects and cost consultants Gleeds on the entry and is now one of five design teams to reach the next stage of the competition to revitalise the Grade II listed building.

Hilson Moran design for King's Cross gasholder competition
Hilson Moran design for King's Cross gasholder competition

There were 75 entries for the £2.5 million redevelopment budget, cut to a shortlist of five teams by the panel from the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (which comprises developers Argent, together with London & Continental Railways and DHL).

Bell Phillips + Kimble proposed a multi-use internal and external events space, with advice on structural engineering, MEP and sustainability from Hilson Moran.

Vince Ugarow, director at Hilson Moran, said that the company had gone for a “robust energy efficient design that exemplifies just how far we have come since the era when these gasholders were originally constructed.”

The other shortlisted schemes include a helter-skelter slide proposed by Feix & Merlin; a landscaped space by Gustafson Porter; an events space inside a reflective ball by Hakes Associates; and a pavilion and surrounding landscape by Loop Architecture.

Each team will now have detailed briefing sessions and workshops with Argent in October, leading to presentations and review. The successful team will be selected at the end of this month.