Click above for what became the consented plan, plus Transport page.


[Reposted from Jan 2013] "An extraordinary part of London is taking shape" - it's just not in the London Borough of Barnet

'The Story So Far'

"After a decade of careful planning [same as Hammerson at Brent Cross, then] and a lot of very hard work, with many partners, [oh, that's where Hammerson fell down] the first phase of King's Cross is now open to the public. [Meanwhile, tumble-weed blows across the Brent Cross development site...]

"The location, the connections, the canalside setting, the rich and varied heritage, an exciting cultural scene, a thriving business community, and a strong sense of local community. All these things come together at King’s Cross to make it unique, exciting, and really quite special."

"50 new buildings, 2,000 new homes, 20 new streets,
10 new public squares, 67 acres, 45,000 people who live,
work and study in the area"
(Click image to enlarge)

"In Victorian times, King’s Cross was an industrial heartland. But by the late 20th Century, the area known as the railway lands had become a series of disused buildings, railway sidings, warehouses and contaminated land.

"Earlier plans for redevelopment fell through. But the 1996 decision to move the Channel Tunnel Rail Link from Waterloo to St Pancras became the catalyst for change. The landowners - London & Continental Railways Limited and Excel (now DHL) decided to develop the land.

"In 2000, Argent was selected as the developer. A masterplan for the development was prepared by Allies and Morrison and Porphyrios Associates. The London Borough of Camden granted outline planning permission for the scheme in 2006.

"In 2008, Argent, London & Continental Railways and DHL formed a joint partnership: Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership. The partnership is the single land owner at King’s Cross. 

"Since then, the partnership has invested over £300m. To date, most of this money has been spent on key infrastructure such as roads, bridges and utilities. Only now, with the opening of the University of the Arts London, Granary Square, King’s Bridge and King’s Boulevard, are we beginning to see the impact the development will have on the area.

"Across the site projects are underway such as five new office buildings, new homes, student housing and the refurbishment of the Great Northern Hotel. By 2016 most of the 67 acres will be developed."

View and pan around the

yourself (assuming no-one is doing so)!

Contractors involved in the project include:

King's Cross Visitor Centre

"The Visitor Centre is now located in the Granary Building,
the new home of the University of the Arts, London.

"You can find out what to see and do. Learn about
the history of the area. And see how the development
will unfold over the next ten years.
There’s an amazing interactive model, photo displays,
and all kinds of information and goodies."

[Has anyone ever detected anybody in Hammerson,
talented enough to pull off this sort of thing?]

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