The development of King’s Cross has meant a rare opportunity for planned infrastructure. From the network of new streets and public spaces to the pipework carrying essential utilities to the buildings, everything has been carefully planned, and most of it is now in place.
Transport infrastructure that’s second to none
£2.5 billion has been spent on transport here in the last 10 years, and it shows. St Pancras International is the magnificent new home of Eurostar. King’s Cross Station is almost unrecognisable with the beautiful new Western Concourse and the grand new station entrance at King’s Cross Square. There is a new Underground entrance on King’s Boulevard and more improvements are on the way. King’s Cross St Pancras is now the best connected transport hub in Europe. Learn more about the unique transport connections.
New roads and bridges
20 new streets and 3 new bridges will connect King’s Cross with the surrounding area. King’s Boulevard, the main thoroughfare is already built. As is King’s Bridge which connects the areas north and south of the canal. By 2015, all key roads and public spaces will be ready.
A site-wide network of pipes, cables and fibre optics has already been laid at King’s Cross. Spare capacity is designed in from the start and empty ductwork will be available to future IT providers. This will allow buildings to simply “plug in” to utilities. Every effort has been made to use adaptable and flexible technologies that will hold in the future. With this infrastructure already in place, there will be no need to dig up pavements and close roads for infrastructure upgrades.
The district heating network
The focus for energy efficiency at King’s Cross is a district-wide energy system. An on-site Energy Centre provides power and generates heat via Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engines. Each new building connects to the Energy Centre through the district heating network. This is a very efficient way to heat the buildings and it means that there will be no need for conventional boilers in the buildings themselves. In time, the Centre will provide close to 100% of the development’s heat and hot water needs and 80% of its electricity. The district-wide energy system at King’s Cross is one of the largest of its kind in the UK.
Below-ground services for offices and retail
For the offices, shops and restaurants around Pancras Square and along King’s Boulevard, goods and services will be delivered below ground. This keeps the streets will be free from goods delivery vehicles. These underground service routes also neatly take care of waste and recycling.