A disused railway bridge spanning the Regent’s Canal will today be lifted and removed by one of the UK’s largest cranes, in preparation for the first major phase of the 67 acre development at King’s Cross.
The removal of the Goods Way Railway Bridge, which weighs 265 tons, is part of the enabling works to deliver the Eastern Goods Yard, an area formed of a Victorian listed building (The Granary) and its associated offices and sheds which stored and distributed grain in the capital during the 19th Century. One of the major tenants of the Eastern Goods Yard will be University of the Arts London and its world famous Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
The bridge is to be replaced as part of the Eastern Goods Yard works, providing new and better pedestrian and public transport links from north to south including provision for taxis, buses and cycles.
By 2012, along with the new university, the public realm for this part of King’s Cross will be transformed into Granary Square, a world-class space the size of Trafalgar Square. It will feature large water fountains referencing the original use as a canal basin for the distribution of goods.
Today’s engineering work involves a Demag TC3200H crane, the second largest mobile crane in the UK, most often used on complex transport engineering projects. It weighs 800 tons and takes two days to construct.