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Camden approves King's Cross Square

16 January 2012


Camden council has give the green light for a new public space in front of King’s Cross, Station in London which will form the final part of the redevelopment of the station.

The design will reveal the Victorian Grade I listed façade for the first time since being covered up around 150 years ago, according to the new design’s architect Stanton Williams.

In place of the 1970s concourse extension will be a 7,000 square metre (75,350 square foot) open space. The square will feature a Yorkstone and granite paving pattern with outdoor seating. 

The decision to grant planning permission ends a four-year design programme in which 4,500 people were consulted. When completed, the square will be used by 140,000 people daily, according to Stanton Williams.

“Our design for the new King’s Cross Square will provide a new public space as a focal point at the heart of the wider Kings Cross development,” said Alan Stanton of Stanton Williams. “The scheme takes into account all the complexities of the site, from its function as an arrivals area for the station to the structures of the London Underground system.”

Planning permission was granted in stages between 2006 and 2008 for a major mixed-use redevelopment for the larger Kings Cross area behind the station, called King’s Cross Central, as reported by FM World in November 2010.

The permission allows for up to 25 large, new office buildings totalling nearly five million square feet and 20 new streets along with 10 new major public spaces.

King’s Cross Central is being developed by the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership. KCCL is backed by Argent Group and Hermes Real Estate on behalf 
of the BT Pension Scheme.

Argent is the asset manager for King’s Cross Central.

 Also working with KCCL is London & Continental Railways Limited, which delivered on time and to budget the redevelopment of St. Pancras International, and DHL Supply Chain, a global provider of supply chain solutions.

KCCL announced £250 million of investment in the project, including £150 million of equity from Argent, Hermes Real Estate, LCR and DHL. The £150 million is going into infrastructure development, essential to attract buyers for 
the land.

The first building slated for completion is the University of the Arts London campus, which includes Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. The campus will house around 4,500 students and staff and immediately become the development’s major focal point.

It will also have around 433,600 square feet of space – new-build as well as the refurbished Granary Building, Eastern Transit Shed and East Granary Offices. New buildings will have lecture halls, theatres 
and studios.

A large part of the university space will be open to the public, such as the “street” to be created with an ETFE roof across two long buildings. The front of the campus will be a large public space, leading down to Regents Canal.

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