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Originally built as the Salvation Army headquarters, this building has a worthy historical existence, in its last reincarnation it was the home of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Today, it will be become a key part of the Knowledge Quarter’s institutes collaborative way of working and so the building’s internal makeup lends itself towards such innovation.

Key info
Location: Judd Street, London
Size: 70,000 sq ft
BREEAM: Outstanding
EPC Rating: A
Architects: Stiff & Trevillion
Completion date: Q4 2025

At the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter, KOVA KX, built in partnership with Native Land, is a handsome headquarter-grade building with a 60:40 split of laboratory to office space. Five minutes from The Francis Crick Institute and King’s Cross St Pancras, this outstanding scientific space will complete at the end of 2025.



Replete with three brand-new terraces, the five-storey Edwardian facade masks the internal innovation, centred to appeal to tenants in the life sciences sector. Containment Level 2 enabled, the building provides premium lab-ready space along with all of our other top-class signature amenities.

Building Better

Living the life scientific KOVA KX is more than just an experiment; sustainably powered, rated BREEAM Outstanding, EPC A and targeting a NABERS 4.5*. Materials and processes were specifically designed and selected to minimise carbon impact throughout the building’s remodelling, upping expectations from the off.

Leading-edge Labs

Premium lab space is a rarity in London and Kova KX complements the Knowledge Quarter’s leading provision. Life sciences real estate, as noted by Savills is ‘particularly complex to develop’, only Cambridge has a higher density of premium lab fit outs in the UK, making Kova KX’s contribution particularly coveted.  

Impeccably connected

With limited locations for premium lab space in London, addresses don’t get much better than this. Kova KX occupies a prime position on Judd Street, firmly within the Knowledge Quarter, only a five-minute walk to both The Francis Crick Institute and the stations of St Pancras and King's Cross.

Evoking an era

Falling within the Bloomsbury Conservation Area, this site comes with a provenance. Cornering Judd Street and Hastings Street, in 1911 the building became the hub of the Salvation Army’s trading operations continuing until the year 2000.

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