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Camden Civic Centre

Camden Council’s offices at Five Pancras Square, King’s Cross, is a unique mixed-use development. Incorporating a leisure centre and library as well as multiple floors of offices, it provides the organisation with a focal point for face-to-face customer access and the opportunity to enhance services provided to residents.


5 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London

Bennetts Associates


The building brings several services into one place and the design groups them around the customer journey, creating an environment where the council can collaborate more efficiently within the organisation and with partners. Spaces have been created within the building by architect Bennetts Associates to provide break-out areas to facilitate the council becoming more creative, innovative and productive – with a key part of this being glazed partitions from us.

After visiting multiple Optima installations throughout the capital and being impressed with the quality of the products and their ability to meet client-specific designs, Camden Council chose the company to deliver glazed partitions throughout the project. Central to the design of this building was a vast and extensive lobby area of the civic centre, which featured an array of back painted glass, designed by Optima. The unique and striking glass serves as a focal point for visitors and sets the tone for the rest of the impressive building.

Optima provided an assortment of partition systems to the 13-storey building. The core office area benefited from bespoke glass solutions offering agile working for the large number of employees occupying eleven floors of the new council site. The glass partitions created a flexible and spacious open plan workplace, improving interaction and collaboration, a key objective of the council.

Demonstrating their ability to meet specific client requirements, Optima also provided doors to the central lift which spans the 13-storey building. They required a 60 minute fire rating, and were provided alongside powered openers and access control, ensuring the safety requirements of the building were met.

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