New pictures give glimpse of King’s Cross of the future
THESE new images provide a glimpse of what King’s Cross will look like in the future - after it’s multi-million pound regeneration project is complete.
St Pancras International is fast becoming known as a shopping destination to rival to the West End, and Network Rail’s dramatic new western concourse is on course to open at King’s Cross station this time next year.
The dome shaped concourse next to the Great Northern Hotel on the west side of the station will mark the next significant milestone in the revamping of an area historically best-known for prostitution and sleaze, and local people are being urged to visit a new exhibition to find out more about the changes at the station and in the surrounding area.
A scale model of the King’s Cross redevelopment is on display in the station all this week until Friday, with members of Network Rail’s project team on hand to answer questions about the scheme. And visitors can also get an idea of what the 20 new streets, 1,900 homes and 10 major public spaces a that will be built to the north of the station will look like once built.
The 67-acre site known as king’s Cross Central will also offers new community facilities alongside theatres, independent cinemas, exhibition spaces, and annual festivals to complement the area’s established and thriving creative scene.
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Ian Fry, King’s Cross programme director for Network Rail, said: “The redevelopment of King’s Cross station will give passengers what they want – a bigger, better, brighter station. It’s a massively important part of the regeneration of this quarter of London, continuing the improvements that have already taken place in recent years.
“We’re excited to be a little over a year away from the opening of the new concourse next spring and we hope passengers, residents and Londoners as a whole are excited too.”
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The nationwide property crash has slowed up some of the building work in the King’s Cross central site, and many passengers hoped the new western concourse would be up and running a little sooner. But it was always scheduled to be open in time for the London 2012 Olympics, but project chiefs and councillors are delighted with the progress.
Councillor Sarah Hayward, Camden council’s cabinet member for communities, regeneration and equalities, said: “I will be delighted to see the opening of the new concourse at King’s Cross. This development builds on the huge investment we are making in the area and we will continue to support projects like these, which further improve and regenerate our borough.”
- People can also visit a permanent exhibition in the German Gymnasium on St Pancras Road, opposite the domestic entrance to St Pancras International, where a much larger model depicting plans for the entire area takes centre-stage.