Granary Building scoops Mayor’s top prize for planning excellence

Posted: Wednesday 18th July 2012

The Granary Complex at King’s Cross, has scooped the Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence at the London Planning Awards, on Monday 16 January.

The Granary Complex has created a new home for Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design including the historic Granary Building, which dates from 1851 and has been spectacularly restored.

The Mayor awarded the prize jointly to the London Borough of Camden, English Heritage, architects firm Stanton Williams and developers Argent, in recognition of the careful renovation of the historic Grade II listed building to provide contemporary teaching, library and workshop space in the heart of Kings Cross.

The Mayor was impressed by how the Granary Building team worked to ensure that the development retained and restored the historic aspects of the site, integrated them with the new additions to the building and helped to revitalise a largely derelict industrial area of London.

The annual London Planning Awards, jointly run by the Mayor, London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and London Councils, were created to recognise planning professionals and organisations that have made a vital contribution to the capital in making it a better place to live, work, do business and visit.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “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.”

“Once again we have seen yet another stunning crop of entries that showcase the best in urban planning, architecture and design. From shopping centres and schools, to new homes, parks and museums, all of this year’s shortlisted entries demonstrate a wonderful ambition to make our city an even better place to live, work and study.”

Robert Evans, from the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership, said: “We are delighted that the Granary won the Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence. After three and a half years of refurbishment and redevelopment works, the Grade II listed Granary re-opened its doors in September 2011 as the new home to Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, an internationally renowned art college and cultural institution and part of the University of the Arts London.

“The Granary is now an amazing campus; a creative warehouse for some 5,000 students and staff, with dynamic new teaching areas, studios and workshops, performance, rehearsal and exhibition spaces. The building, its students and staff are now a permanent and extraordinary part of King’s Cross and its on-going transformation.”

Paul Williams, director at Stanton Williams said: “We are delighted with the recognition this project has received. We strongly believe that the successful outcome was born out of the constructive early dialogue between London Borough of Camden, English Heritage, Argent, CSM/UAL and ourselves. This led to a strong shared vision for the creation of the new University campus, set within the previously derelict industrial landscape of the Granary Complex.”

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