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King’s Cross Station Transformation

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22 Jan 2018

King’s Cross Station Renewal Award

Design: John McAslan + Partners

King’s Cross station transformation receives two honours at London Planning Awards

• Station awarded “Best Project Five Years On” and “Mayors Award for Planning Excellence” at London Planning Awards

• The Grade I listed historic transport hub was transformed to meet the needs of modern Britain

• £2.2bn of private investment attracted since station opened

• 67 acres of brown-field land transformed into offices, retail and 2,000 homes

King's Cross Station Renewal

Images credit: Network Rail

The transformation of King’s Cross station and the area around it has been awarded “Best Project Five Years On” and the “Mayors Planning Award for Excellence” at the London Planning Awards, underpinning the legacy of a redevelopment project that has been the catalyst for one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe. Passenger satisfaction at the station is now at 95%[1].

The project beat out exceptionally strong competition, including submissions from other iconic landmarks such as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The Shard.

King’s Cross station concourse funnel at night:
King's Cross station concourse funnel at night

Re-opened in 2012 in time for the Olympic Games, the station is a focal point and has been the catalyst for wider regeneration of the area. The redevelopment of King’s Cross has attracted £2.2bn of private investment in the local area and helped to deliver over 2,000 homes, showing the potential for the nation’s railway stations to act as an unlocker for development in their surrounding areas. This in turn has created opportunities for jobs, housing and economic growth.

London King's Cross Station public realm renewal

The local area has seen £2.2bn of private investment since the redeveloment

The station redevelopment included the opening of the brand new western concourse, providing rail passengers three-and-a-half times more space than the 1970s concourse that it replaced. Its crisscross design has become iconic, and designers worked in painstaking detail to ensure that the development would not interfere with the core Grade I listed building.

King’s Cross station fconcourse funnel:
King's Cross station concourse funnel

The station now contains over 30,000 square feet of retail floor space and has become a new shopping, dining and cultural destination in north London, with high quality retail tenants inside and outside the station, and the new King’s Cross Square home to an independent food market, pop-up events and public art.

King’s Cross station funnel:
King's Cross station funnel

The project demonstrates Network Rail’s ability to deliver enhancements to hallmark stations which act as destinations in their own right, bringing increased investment to the surrounding areas, and developing new community spaces for local residents to live, work and play.

David Biggs, managing director, Network Rail Property, said: “This award is recognition of the transformative work achieved at King’s Cross station, and just as importantly the exceptionally positive knock-on effect that this project has had on the local area over the last five years.

Kings Cross Concourse
photo © Hufton + Crow

“We pride ourselves on the ability to create great places, working with stakeholders, landowners and developers to establish visionary masterplans that help transform our stations and the land around them into major destinations for passengers, local residents and visitors. In King’s Cross station we’ve done just that, delivering a catalyst for regeneration in the surrounding area alongside a hugely enhanced offer in the station. We are proud to have this great work recognised.”

Kings Cross Concourse
photo © Hufton + Crow

[1] National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS) Station Overview – All Station Report: Spring 2017

King’s Cross Station Transformation Award images / information from Network Rail

30 Jul 2013

King’s Cross Western Concourse Photos

Design: John McAslan + Partners

New photographs of the King’s Cross Station Western Concourse

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photographs © Hufton + Crow

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photographs © Hufton + Crow

16 Oct 2012

King’s Cross Western Concourse Award

King’s Cross Station wins prestigious National Transport Award

Kings Cross Concourse
photograph © John Sturrock

At the National Transport Awards last week, new Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP gave the Tom McCarthy Infrastructure Project of the Year award to Network Rail for the redevelopment of King’s Cross Station.

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images © Hufton + Crow

King’s Cross Station Western Concourse

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photographs © SW

Kings Cross Concourse
pictures © Hufton + Crow

King’s Cross Station : official release re the new Concourse

John McAslan

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