NLA relocated to King’s Cross and Euston today for the third in our series of ‘on location’ events, bringing together key developers, occupiers, architects and other stakeholders to examine ambitions for the area, future challenges and opportunities, and progress to date.
Speakers included Roger Madelin Joint CEO of Argent, Ian Fry from Network Rail, James Danby from British Land, Fred Pilbrow from PLP, Dr Will Bridge from University of the Arts and Harry Handelsman from Manhattan Loft.
The area has been largely shaped by its Victorian industrial heritage, and at the 67-acre King's Cross Central site, 20 historic buildings and structures such as the Granary Complex and gas holder frames are being refurbished and re-used in the overall masterplan, which includes 50 new structures, 20 new streets and 10 public spaces.
Other key developments include the refurbishment of the King's Cross Station, which is set to complete in time for the Olympics, the new UKCMRI, refurbishment of St Pancras Chambers, and the final stages of the Regent's Place masterplan by British Land.
Ed Watson from LB Camden, noted that the proposal for High Speed Two to terminate at Euston Station is an opportunity for large-scale transport and public realm investment to once again play a major role in shaping the future for Camden. However, a key challenge will be to ensure that surrounding communities at Somers Town can benefit fully from such large-scale developments.
In the afternoon, delegates had the opportunity to go on development site tours of King’s Cross Central with senior representatives from Argent, Regent’s Place with British Land and Terry Farrell + Partners, and King’s Cross Station with Network Rail and John McAslan + Partners.