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Central Saint Martins

The world-famous art college is at King's Cross

A restored granary building at the heart of King’s Cross is now home to 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 college boasts glittering alumni including fashion designers Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, singer Jarvis Cocker, painter Lucian Freud and sculptor Antony Gormley. The campus at King’s Cross opened in 2011, welcoming 5,000 students and staff.

A creative warehouse
Designed in 1852 by Lewis Cubitt, the architect of King’s Cross station, the Granary once stored wheat for London’s bakers. The building has been gloriously restored by Stanton Williams Architects and overlooks the fountains of Granary Square.

Student working in Central Saint Martins at King's CrossThe 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.

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, the 350-seat Platform Theatre and the Lethaby Gallery. 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.

Parts of the university are open to the public – why not come and have a look around this amazing building.


Central Saint Martins
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
King’s Cross
London N1C 4AA


“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

“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 JohnsonMayor of London
17 January 2012

Granary Complex 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