Argent

People who make places for people

Argent specialises in creating places that are enjoyable, vibrant and welcoming – where people want to live, to work and to be.

Places that have a human scale, that respect their history and context and connect well with their surroundings and the local community.
To us, this is the key to development.

What was once a vast forest of cranes and concrete has, by some mysterious urban pupation, recently turned into one of London's most lovely piazzas.

Amol Rajan Independent on Sunday
  • KX Recruit office, King's Cross
    KX Recruit office, King's Cross
  • Central St Martin's, King's Cross, London
    Central St Martin's, King's Cross, London © John Sturrock
  • Reception Class, King's Cross Academy
    Reception Class, King's Cross Academy © John Sturrock
  • Waitrose Cookery School, King's Cross
    Waitrose Cookery School, King's Cross
  • Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Show 2013, in The Crossing, King's Cross © John Sturrock
    Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Show 2013, in The Crossing, King's Cross © John Sturrock

Places To Learn

Providing opportunities for education and learning is an important part of creating shared value.

We have developed, and are developing, learning facilities that span skills academies, primary and nursery schools, a public library, cultural centres and higher education facilities.

The multi award-winning campus for Central Saint Martins – part of the University of the Arts London – has established King’s Cross as the hub of the capital’s art education. The iconic Granary Building has been magnificently refurbished and extended by Stanton Williams Architects and the new complex is now home to 5,000 staff and students.

A stone’s throw away, the Global Generation’s Skip Garden is a community project that provides all kinds of opportunities for local young people. Through the medium of sustainability, young people are developing new skills and networks, learning about construction, and how to grow food as well as how to market and sell their produce.

  • Plimsoll Building, King's Cross
    Plimsoll Building, King's Cross ©Philip Durrant
  • The Hub, Five Piccadilly Place, Manchester
    The Hub, Five Piccadilly Place, Manchester
  • Resident in Saxon Court, King's Cross © John Sturrock
    Resident in Saxon Court, King's Cross © John Sturrock
  • ArtHouse, King's Cross © Philip Durrant
    ArtHouse, King's Cross © Philip Durrant
  • The courtyard at Saxon Court, King's Cross
    The courtyard at Saxon Court, King's Cross © Tim Crocker

Places to Live

The delivery of high-quality, intelligently designed, energy efficient homes – in places where people want to live and at a price they can afford – is one of the greatest challenges facing the UK development industry. We relish that challenge.

The homes we develop are thoughtfully planned and every detail is carefully considered. Inside, the emphasis is on intelligent space planning, high-quality materials and well-crafted finishes. And equal care and attention goes into the design of outside spaces, terraces and gardens.

Our portfolio of places to live covers a wide range of housing types and tenures – from stunning private apartments to a range of key worker and other affordable housing.

  • Bakerie Bar, Lever Street, Manchester
    Bakerie Bar, The Hive Manchester © John Sturrock
  • Pop-up uses, King's Cross, London
    Pop-up uses, KERB, King's Cross © John Sturrock
  • Waterfront retail, Brindleyplace, Birmingham
    Waterfront retail, Brindleyplace, Birmingham
  • Waitrose, King's Cross
    Waitrose, King's Cross
  • Dishoom, Stable Street, King's Cross
    Dishoom, Stable Street, King's Cross

Places to Shop & Eat

Cultivating an original, interesting and varied mix of shops, restaurants and bars is a key element of placemaking.

The right restaurant and retail offer – when set within an attractive and inspiring public realm – can help turn a place into a destination and ensures that an area is buzzing and lively, throughout the day and into the evening.

This has certainly been the case at Brindleyplace, where the restaurants and shops are a big part of the draw and at King’s Cross, the retail clusters and exciting restaurant scene are already establishing the area as one of London’s most unique and popular destinations.

  • King's Cross Pond Club
    King's Cross Pond Club
  • Central Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham
    Central Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham
  • Children and Snug soft play equipment in Lewis Cubitt Park, King's Cross
    Soft play equipment in Lewis Cubitt Park, King's Cross
  • One Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester
    One Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester
  • The swimming pool, Camden Civic Centre, Five Pancras Square
    The swimming pool, Camden Civic Centre, Five Pancras Square © John Sturrock

Places to Visit

An attractive and lively public realm plays a central role in transforming a space into a place. A rich programme of events, activities and public art, together with an interesting mix of attractions, restaurants and shops, can transform that place into a destination in its own right.

The high quality public spaces at Brindleyplace, together with a carefully curated mix of restaurants, shops and attractions, helped transform the area into one of Birmingham’s most popular visitor destinations.

The same is now happening at King’s Cross, where the new public spaces, an emerging restaurant scene and exciting events and public art are helping to establish the area as one of London’s most popular new destinations.

  • The office of AutoTrader, Two Pancras Square, King's Cross
    The office of AutoTrader, Two Pancras Square, King's Cross
  • The Classroom, The Hive, Manchester
    The Classroom, The Hive, Manchester
  • Three Piccadilly Place © Andy Marshall
    Three Piccadilly Place © Andy Marshall
  • Camden Civic Centre, Five Pancras Square, King's Cross
    Camden Civic Centre, Five Pancras Square

Places To Work

We constantly strive to create great places to work and lead the debate on workplace design. We have created some of the most successful commercial quarters and business districts in the UK’s largest cities.

At King’s Cross, our headquarters building for the London Borough of Camden has achieved a BREEAM rating of “Outstanding” – the highest ever score for a city-centre building of this type. Our own headquarters at Stable Street in King’s Cross has also been awarded that rating, the first time that it has ever been achieved by a “fit-out”.

Likewise the new headquarters building for Google UK is pushing the boundaries of innovative, sustainable workplace design.

Inspiring surroundings, good access, the right amenities and a lively retail scene all contribute to the experience. And we place just as much care and attention on these elements as we do on the buildings themselves.