King's Cross

an extraordinary piece of London is taking shape

The story behind the innovative and award-winning new home of Central Saint Martins.

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Come and look around this amazing building!

Parts of the university are open to the public. Why not come and have a look around. You can view the students' work, grab a coffee or a bite of lunch at Caravan, or drop into the Visitor Centre which is now located here.
Caravan opens a new branch at King's Cross.
The Exmouth Market restaurant and coffee roastery is now open in the Granary Building.
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Central Saint Martins is at King's Cross

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A restored granary building at the heart of King's Cross is the brand new home of the world famous arts college – Central Saint Martins.

Central Saint Martins is one of a number of colleges that recently came together under the banner of University of the Arts London. The world famous art college boasts glittering alumni including fashion designers Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, singer Jarvis Cocker, painter Lucian Freud and sculptor Antony Gormley.

Drawn to the exciting new environment at King’s Cross, the relocation of the university reinforces the cultural and creative pull of the area.

The Granary Complex

– new home to University of the Arts London

The Granary Complex, which once held Lincolnshire wheat for London’s bakers, is now a creative warehouse - brand new home of University of the Arts London. The building has been gloriously restored by Stanton Williams Architects and overlooks the fountains of Granary Square.

Originally designed by Lewis Cubitt, the architect of King’s Cross station, the iconic building is the front door to the new university campus that extends 180 metres to the North, flanked on either side by the Transit Sheds. The building sets the architectural tone for the northern part of the King's Cross development.

Internally, studios, workshops and lecture theatres are built around a broad, covered “street” with overhead walkways. This fluid space enables students and staff from different departments to talk, work together and spark off one another. The building also houses performance and exhibition spaces and the 350-seat Platform Theatre. The former stables now hold up to 275 bicycles.

The Granary Complex won the Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence in 2012. And Stanton Williams won gold at Building Design’s Architect of the Year Awards.

Read more about the history of the complex here >

"An extraordinarily exciting place, the hub of the capital’s art education and a centre for excellence which will be the envy of the world."

Theo Fennell
Creative Director
Theo Fennell Plc

Granary Complex -
2012 Awards

RIBA Award

World's Best Higher Education and Research Building, WAF Awards

BCI - Major Building Project of the Year (over £50m)

Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence

World Architecture News - Education Award

AIA UK Excellence in Design

RICS London - Regeneration Category and Building Conservation Category

Building - Public Building of the Year

LABC London Building Excellence - Best Education Project

AJ100 - Building of the Year

"The Granary Building is a stunning development that embraces the past while looking to the future. The transition from a depository of Victorian grain, to a university where the seeds of artistic ideas sprout, has been handled with great sensitivity and flair.

It has brought an enlightened focus to the wholesale regeneration of the surrounding area and is a project that matches my own vision for London."

Boris Johnson
Mayor of London
17 January 2012