Sunday, October 30, 2011

Kings Cross development: open day

Some photos taken on a guided walk as part of an open day organised by Argent, who are re-developing 67 acres to the north of Kings Cross and St Pancras stations.

It was good to see the event well-attended and I look forward to more of these.

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Open day activities in the Western Handyside Canopy. This was a go-karting track for a while.

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Looking out towards the Star of Kings pub on York Way

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The tour sets off with the old York Road tube station in the distance

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Development of The Western Transit Shed is well under way

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Building detail near the Coal Drops

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Looking into the Coal Drops

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I wasn’t a hardcore clubber but I did go to Bagleys a couple of times in the 1990s. That’s it over there.

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Central Saint Martins: the new building on the right is attached to the 19th century Granary Complex on the left.

 

I have to say I’m not particularly keen on what is planned for the area to the south of Regent’s Canal between the two stations. It feels as if too many old buildings have been demolished and too many large office blocks will be replacing them.

Further north however, where this tour took place, things are much more promising. Central Saint Martins already looks fantastic and there is a lot to look forward to as old buildings and spaces are brought back to life.

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