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Old July 31st, 2007, 02:29 PM   #1
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King's Cross Central | Camden & Islington | U/C

Key Facts On Kings Cross Development:
  • 8 Million Sq Ft Development.
  • 4.5 Million Sq Ft Of Office Development.
  • 0.5 Million Sq Ft Retail.
  • 1 Million Sq Ft Community.
  • 2000 Homes.
  • 5 Hotels.
  • 6000 Student Campus Of Central St.Martin School Of Art And Design.


Development starting early 2008 after land is transferred to Argent with first housing and offices completed in 2010.St Martin School by 2011.

Mostly low rise with nothing likely to be over 12 storeys.Development is going to attempt to use as much of the existing Victorian Railway buildings as possible.

Website :

http://kingscross.argentgroup.plc.uk/index.cfm



Ill update this post when we get more info



The site.



Renders.























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Old July 31st, 2007, 03:32 PM   #2
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I'm afraid I haven't got any info. for you El Greco, but I just want to say that this regeneration project looks fantastic.

In particular, I love the extension at Kings Cross Station. It does look a lot like Foster's roof at the British Museum, but the design works well here too and I like the way that the old buildings in front of the new extension have been retained.

I really hope that this project lives up to the renderings and that no NIMBYS try to interfere again, like they tried to do a little while back.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 03:40 PM   #3
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shame that the tall buildings were scuppered, they would have looked good here, giving the development a visual clue as to its depth
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Old July 31st, 2007, 06:59 PM   #4
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Did I read somewhere there was a plan to move St Martin's School of Art from various buildings around London into one of the buildings on the Kings X site? I don't know if anything came of the plan. It would certainly give it a bit of life and cultural buzz.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 07:26 PM   #5
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that looks fantastic. those gas station projects look amaaaaaaazing. that is possibly the best conversion of an industrial backwater i have seen. in my narrow opinion.
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Good to see that they'll finally liberate the facade of King's Cross.

I'm a little considered that the renderings only show key buildings in full detail. And places are never as busy and lively as renderings show them to be.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 09:24 PM   #7
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Wow that looks really good, hadn't seen many renderings of the Kings X redevelopment before this. Personally I can't wait till November when the Eurostar moves to Kings Cross International and high speed trains start running London to Paris in 2hrs 15mins - that's the same time it takes to go from London to Cardiff! (I know where I'd rather spend a weekend)...
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Old July 31st, 2007, 09:50 PM   #8
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(I know where I'd rather spend a weekend)...

Cardiff?
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apparently the trams will not be there for quiet a while...maybe dare i say they should lay the tracks for the trams before it happens so to reduce the need to pull up the roads again.
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Incredible. This project can't happen soon enough. Surely one of the most crucial projects in London as it'll form many people's first impressions of the city (short of Big Ben/Tower Bridge postcards) as they travel in on Eurostar.

I'm so excited by all the images El Greco posted, but this one especially floats my boat:



It looks like we're about to receive one of the most amazing public spaces ever through this regeneration project. Look at all that pedestrian space! All going well we'll get a new Trafalgar rather than a Paternoster - buzzing with life and a new cultural epicentre for the Capital.

Hopefully.
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my new favorite thread.....love the way kings x will look
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^ So what does that mean?Its being redesigned?
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Wow that looks really good, hadn't seen many renderings of the Kings X redevelopment before this. Personally I can't wait till November when the Eurostar moves to Kings Cross International and high speed trains start running London to Paris in 2hrs 15mins - that's the same time it takes to go from London to Cardiff! (I know where I'd rather spend a weekend)...
Eurostar's going to St. Pancras...
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Thank God, KC is screaming out for a larger concourse.
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I hate to put a downer on the excellent working pulling this thread together, but in the interests of clarity, there are several sites around King's Cross under this thread; the main site which most of those images show, King's Cross Central (KXC), is not yet under construction. It has outline permission but not detailed planning consent. Site clearance is under way however, and has been for some time (it's a big site!).

On the other hand the new LUL Northern ticket hall (on which the Western Concourse will sit) is under construction, and includes provision for the NR concourse to be built on the top, so both of those rail-related schemes can be said to be under construction.

The new St Pancras is obviously nearing completion as most people will know, the Regent's Quarter is well on the way, and work has started on the Great Northern Hotel (the building attached to St Pancras which fronts Euston Road).

Those latter schemes are small-fry however compared to Argent's huge KXC scheme.
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Eurostar's going to St. Pancras...
But they will run from kings cross to yes ?
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 11:40 AM   #18
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Didn't Foster do a scheme for this site which included a couple of skyscrapers- anyone got a render? The current scheme looks ok if rather humdrum. (With the exception of the Kings Cross entrance lobby)
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Didn't Foster do a scheme for this site which included a couple of skyscrapers- anyone got a render? The current scheme looks ok if rather humdrum. (With the exception of the Kings Cross entrance lobby)
He did in the late 80's. I had a picture once, I'll see if I can find it. There were two towers at the North end and an oval park surrounded by 10-floor-ish buildings. The towers were unpopular. The plans were drawn up before St.Pancras was chosen as the new Eurostar terminal and thus didn't account for the big rail junction and it looks like it also involved demolishing a load of old rail warehouses and sheds which are now being preserved and converted. The much bigger park was good though.
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Key facts on KCX development:

- 8 million sq ft development
- 4.5 million sq ft of office development
- 0.5 million sq ft retail
- 1 million sq ft community
- 2000 homes
- 5 hotels
- 6000 student campus of Central St. Martin School of Art and and Design

Development starting early 2008 after land is transferred to Argent with first housing and offices completed in 2010, St Martin School by 2011.

Mostly lowish rise with nothing likely to be over 12 storeys. Development is going to attempt to use as much of the existing Victorian Railway buildings as possible.

Personally I think the proposed development looks brilliant except I don't like the apartments within the gas holders.
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