The canalside Fish and Coal buildings were built in 1851 as part of Lewis Cubitt’s design for the Goods Yard.
The offices originally housed clerks who were employed to monitor the flow of coal through the yards. Two additional blocks were added in the early 1860s. The buildings were later used by staff administering the distribution of fish brought into London through King’s Cross, hence the name Fish and Coal Buildings. The buildings were gutted by fire in 1983, and have remained abandoned until now.
… and now
Now known as The Coal Office, the buildings have been carefully restored are the new home of British designer Tom Dixon. The Coal Office will serve as a HQ for the eponymous brand, with a flagship store, showroom and cafe.
A beautiful elevated park, Bagley Walk, which is similar to the Highline in New York, runs along the front of the building connecting Granary Square and Gasholder Park. The park is something of a hidden gem. Take the walk from Granary Square and discover it yourself.