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King’s Cross Station - Modern PV sympathetic to traditional design

Kings Cross station is testament to cutting-edge PV technology that can be applied to Grade I listed buildings

King’s Cross has become one of the best examples of sustainable architecture in the UK — a place that respects its environment, its past, and its future. The latest technology and innovation has been used in the design of the buildings at King’s Cross to help minimise environmental impact and reduce running costs as well as providing a better, healthier environment for the people who work and live in the buildings.

Dellner Romag was asked to deliver 1,392 custom-made glass laminate units from our building integrated PV range, covering over 2,300 square metres of two-barrel vaulted glass roofing structures spanning the main platforms of the grade 1 listed building. This new building-integrated PV is expected to produce 175,000kWh of electricity each year, saving over 100 tonnes of CO₂ emissions per annum.

The Solution

King’s Cross Station illustrates the true excellence of glass laminate solar PV units, combining the very best in sustainable design, technical excellence and modern aesthetics in the redevelopment of an iconic grade 1 listed building.

Working in partnership with Sundog and in collaboration with Kier and National Rail, Romag supplied the PV panels from its factory based in Consett, County Durham, in September 2012. The £1.3 million award-winning project is now of the UK’s largest and most complex building-integrated solar PV systems. Solar PV cells are bonded to glass sheets and laminated with a layer of Tedlar to ensure weather protection; the PV cells convert sunlight directly into electricity.

As one of only a few companies in the solar market equipped to manufacture this type of PV, Romag have successfully shown our capability to integrate renewable technologies into the existing structure of a listed building.

Other examples of Romag’s solar PV technology being put to excellent use can be found in their work on the Kingsgate House and National Sporting Stadium projects.

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