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Camden's £123m leisure and council centre opens

Solar panels on the roof Image copyright John Sturrock
Image caption The council hopes the new building will save 64% of carbon emissions

A £123m leisure centre and council headquarters has opened to the public.

5 Pancras Square is part of the King's Cross development which is part of the newly created N1C postcode.

The 14-storey centre has two swimming pools, a gym, and library and will be the base for most Camden Council staff.

It also features a bio-roof, solar panels and solar fins. The council said it would cut its carbon emissions by 64% compared to its old buildings, saving it £500,000 a year.

Image copyright John Sturrock
Image caption The swimming pool features a moveable floor
Image copyright John Sturrock
Image caption The centre has a library and cafe

The building holds has three public art commissions, including one by Turner prize-nominated artist Mark Titchner, and local artist Simon Periton.

It was paid for with the sale of older offices which were sold to raise more than £130m.

The council's leader, Sarah Hayward, said: "We've worked with the local community to make sure we developed 5 Pancras Square to deliver the services and facilities they wanted."

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