Kings Cross Square plans unveiled
PUBLISHED: 09:08 27 July 2011 | UPDATED: 09:53 27 July 2011
Miller Hare Limited
»Images of ambitious plans to create a huge public square at King’s Cross were unveiled by Network Rail this week.
At more than 7,000 square metres, it will be 50 per cent bigger than Leicester Square and will open up the space currently occupied by the 1970s concourse extension to reveal the stunning Grade I listed Victorian station façade for the first time in almost 150 years.
Architects Stanton Williams were chosen to work with Network Rail on the new Kings Cross Square following an international design competition which attracted entries from more than 100 architects and urban designers from around the world.
Alan Stanton, director of Stanton Williams, said: “King’s Cross Square is a unique opportunity to create a new public space for London and a response to one of the most exciting urban challenges in the city.
“The scheme will become a focal point at the heart of the wider King’s Cross development bringing together major urban and transport improvements.”
Ian Fry, Network Rail programme director at King’s Cross, added: “The redevelopment of the station is well underway and will see a stunning and spacious new concourse opening in spring 2012.
“After the Olympics, we will then remove the outdated green canopy in front of the station to create the space for this fantastic new square, revealing the original Victorian façade of King’s Cross station for the first time since the 1860s.”
The work is part of a massive project to transform King’s Cross station into a world-class transport hub. A new glass and steel concourse will open in spring 2012, with three times more space than the existing area and better facilities.
The planning application for the square will be submitted later in 2011 and the entire redevelopment is set to complete in late 2013.
A range of other improvements including cycle racks and a better pedestrian environment along York Way will also be funded.
n Comments on the plans can also be made online at www.networkrail.co.uk