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 important 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.
Early 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 2001, Argent was selected as the development partner. The project began with several years of intensive studies and consultation with the local community, government and other stakeholders. This work formed the basis for a vision for the development, from which the masterplan evolved.
The plan was prepared by Allies and Morrison and Porphyrios Associates and in 2006 outline planning permission was granted. The permission allows for c.50 new building, 20 new streets, 10 new major public spaces, the restoration and refurbishment of 20 historic buildings and structures and up to 2,000 homes.
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.
Early infrastructure works began in June 2007, with development starting in earnest in November 2008. Much of the early investment was focused in and around the Victorian buildings that once formed the Goods Yard.
In September 2011 the University of the Arts London moved to the Granary Complex and parts of the development opened to the public at that time.
Since then, restaurants have opened, the Great Northern Hotel has been refurbished and re-opened and the first residents and office tenants have moved in. Granary Square has become a popular destination and regularly hosts festivals and events.
The development at King’s Cross is now on the map and fast becoming one of the most attractive places in which to work, live and visit in London.
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