The transformation of King’s Cross station has taken another step forward after detailed plans for a new public square were submitted.
The application by Network Rail for a new public space in front of the station comes at the end of a four year design process which ended in July when more than 4,500 people took part in a public consultation on the proposals.
The new design by architects Stanton Williams incorporates more trees than the original and a combination of traditional Yorkstone and granite paving. To complement the University of the Arts London moving into King’s Cross, an area suitable for displaying large-scale art installations has also been identified.
Ian Fry, Network Rail’s programme director at King’s Cross said: “When designing a square which will be used by 140,000 people every day, it was vital to get as much public input as possible.”
The completion of the square in 2013 will reveal the Victorian grade I listed station façade for the first time in 150 years. At more than 7,000 square metres the square will be 50% bigger than Leicester Square and will open up the space currently occupied by the 1970s concourse extension.
Source: Network Rail