King's Cross Square plans given go-ahead

Plans to create a new public space in front of King’s Cross, which will form the final part of the redevelopment of the station, have been given the go-ahead by Camden council.

The design, by architects Stanton Williams, will reveal the Victorian Grade I listed station façade for the first time in 150 years. In place of the current 1970s concourse extension will be a 7,000m2 open space which will be 50 percent bigger than Leicester Square. The square will feature a Yorkstone and granite paving pattern with a new outdoor seating.

The decision to grant planning permission for the new space in front of King’s Cross station marks the end of a four-year design programme, which involved more than 4,500 people being consulted on the plans. When completed, it is estimated that the square will be used by 140,000 people every day.

Alan Stanton of Stanton Williams said “Our design for the new Kings Cross Square will provide a new public space as a focal point at the heart of the wider Kings Cross development. The scheme takes into account all the complexities of the site, from its function as an arrivals area for the station, to the structures of the London Underground system. We welcome the planning consent so that the project can move forward.”