Who's developing King's Cross?
King’s Cross is being developed by the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership.
The partnership is the single land owner at King’s Cross, making development and delivery easier. Many of the people working on the project have been involved from the beginning. This brings an unusual level of continuity and commitment. The partnership brings together three groups:
Argent King's Cross Limited PartnershipBacked by Argent, one of the UK's best respected property developers, and Hermes Real Estate on behalf of the BT Pension Scheme. Argent is the asset manager for King’s Cross. Argent has developed Brindleyplace in Birmingham and Manchester’s Piccadilly.
London & Continental Railways LimitedA UK Government-owned property company. Its primary focus is the regeneration projects at King’s Cross and The International Quarter, Stratford City. LCR previously delivered High Speed 1 railway, including the rebirth of St Pancras International.
DHL Supply ChainA world-class provider of supply-chain solutions.
The story so far
In Victorian times, King’s Cross was an industrial heartland. But by the late 20th Century, the area known as the railway lands had become a series of disused buildings, railway sidings, warehouses and contaminated land.
Earlier plans for redevelopment fell through. But the 1996 decision to move the Channel Tunnel Rail Link from Waterloo to St Pancras became the catalyst for change. The landowners - London & Continental Railways Limited and Excel (now DHL) decided to develop the land.
In 2000, Argent was selected as the developer. A masterplan for the development was prepared by Allies and Morrison and Porphyrios Associates. The London Borough of Camden granted outline planning permission for the scheme in 2006.
In 2008, Argent, London & Continental Railways and DHL formed a joint partnership: Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership. The partnership is the single land owner at King’s Cross.
Since then, the partnership has invested over £300m. To date, most of this money has been spent on key infrastructure such as roads, bridges and utilities. Only now, with the opening of the University of the Arts London, Granary Square, King’s Bridge and King’s Boulevard, are we beginning to see the impact the development will have on the area.
Across the site projects are underway such as five new office buildings, new homes, student housing and the refurbishment of the Great Northern Hotel. By 2016 most of the 67 acres will be developed.
ContactsOur specialist agents are on hand to advise you on the commercial aspects of King’s Cross.
Knight Frank55 Baker Street
T: 020 7629 8171
Retail & Catering Advisors
Lunson Mitchenall(retail and catering)
5-11 Regent Street
T: 020 7478 4988
CB Richard Ellis HotelsSt Martin's Court
10 Paternoster Row
T: 020 7182 3943