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Client:

Argent Group Plc.

Team:

Masterplanning: Allies and Morrison, Porphyrios Associates
Plot Architects: Bennetts Associates, David Chipperfield, DRMM, Glenn Howells, Maccreanor Lavington, David Morley, Niall McLaughlin, Stanton Williams, Studio Downie, Wilkinson Eyre

KING'S CROSS CENTRAL

Situated on former railway lands, the 27ha site is located north of King's Cross and St Pancras Train Stations and represents one of the most exciting and significant development and regeneration opportunities within the UK. The intention of the master plan is to create a fully accessible and integrated piece of the city which includes a whole range of cultural, commercial and residential uses.

The core theme of the master plan was to create a new quarter for London that would evolve to become embedded into the surrounding cityscape. With the concept of creating a new and sustainable piece of city at its heart, the scheme design included proposed offices, shops, homes, a school, a university, healthcare facilities and leisure facilities including a multi-use games area, all within 19 development zones to be encompassed by the creation of a high quality sustainable public realm.

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The public realm at King's Cross Central has been a fascinating opportunity to create a new environment for a modern city. The master plan has created a variety of public spaces which will form a patchwork of complementary spaces across the neighbourhood, with differing characters and opportunities. The overarching concept is to create spaces for people to use and enjoy.

Infrastructure work commenced on site in 2007 and soon afterwards the first major phase of public realm commenced prior to the majority of the construction work on the buildings. This phasing allowed public access across the site from the outset, particularly improving the connection across Regent's Canal and linking the northern and southern halves of the site. An important aspect of the master plan to establish the public use of the site early on to help give the development a sense of identity and belonging and to help establish the growing community.

In Autumn 2011 King's Boulevard, with temporary surfacing, opened to the public providing a tree lined connection between the stations and the University of the Arts.

Townshend Landscape Architects have a long running role to design and coordinate all areas of public realm and works on a number of individual schemes at King's Cross.

— Pancras Square. The square will create a place for people to relax with a water feature stepping down through the square surrounded by areas of lawn, planting and seating.
— Granary Square. Now one of the largest urban spaces of its type in Europe and a focal point for the whole King's Cross area.
— Cubitt Park. Enclosed by tree planting, the park will be landscaped with lawn and planting set to become a focal point for informal active and passive activities.
— Gas Holder canal side park. With the re-erected refurbished gas holders at its heart an undulating playful landscape will be created overlooking the canal.
— Wharf Road. At the eastern end of the canal-side landscape, a vibrant area of planting will weave alongside the canal and include playful opportunities for children.

King's Cross Project Website