King’s Cross has a rich industrial heritage. The buildings from that industrial era are now being creatively converted and reused. These restored Victorian structures are complemented by contemporary design.
This mix of the old and the new gives the area a unique character and sense of place. And it has led to King’s Cross being named as “One of England’s 20 Best Heritage-Led Developments” by English Heritage.
Built space and open space
Life between buildings is just as important as life inside them. That’s why 40% of King’s Cross is dedicated as open space.
That’s a whole 26 acres of streets, parks and squares.
These open spaces will help make King’s Cross a successful part of the city and link it with the surrounding area.
The most successful places are mixed
King’s Cross is a mixed use development. Offices, homes, shops, hotels, leisure and community facilities, music venues, galleries, bars and restaurants all have a place here. There’s even a world famous arts college – Central Saint Martins, part of the University of the Arts London.
But the mix at King’s Cross isn’t just about what goes on in the buildings. There’s also a mix of people here, of built space and open space, of the old and the new. All these things go into making King’s Cross a diverse, dynamic and successful community. A vibrant place that’s alive with people seven days a week.
King’s Cross is also a mix of different kinds of people – students and office workers, visitors and tourists, shoppers and residents, children and retirees.
The 2,000 homes that are planned here include everything from top-end apartments to social housing, from studios to family homes, from student flats to care homes for the elderly.
King’s Cross is an inclusive and diverse community. A place for everyone.
King's Cross in numbers
- 50 new buildings 2,000 new homes
- 20 new streets
- 10 new public squares
- 67 acres
- 8 million square feet
- 3.4 milion sq ft of workspace
- 500,000 sq ft of retail
- 26 acres of public space
- 45,000 people