- Camden Council approves detailed plans for restoration of historic Fish & Coal buildings and Wharf Road Arches in King’s Cross
- New Jamie Oliver pub and restaurant, set to open in 2016, to occupy repurposed heritage spaces
- Proposals include a new conservatory extension and outdoor roof terrace and will further enhance public engagement with the Regent’s Canal
- Plans have also been approved for a new ‘viaduct’ space, linking eventually to Coal Drops Yard and Gasholder Park.
Jamie Oliver’s plans for a new pub and restaurant in King’s Cross have been given the go-ahead by Camden Council. The chef and campaigner’s firm, Jamie Oliver Group, has signed an agreement to lease 17,500 square feet in two striking heritage buildings in the heart of King’s Cross; on its behalf, the King’s Cross Central Ltd Partnership will now begin painstakingly renovating these buildings to create the new food offerings, as well as office space and test kitchens.
The Fish & Coal buildings and the Wharf Road Arches, which sit between the Regent’s Canal and Granary Square, are heritage buildings in the Regent’s Canal conservation area. The first block was built in 1851 to provide offices for clerical workers associated with the coal trade, with an additional four blocks completed in the early 1860s. The buildings follow the curve of the Regent’s Canal and later came to be used by staff administering the onward distribution of fish, brought into London through King’s Cross, from the east coast of England and parts of Scotland. In 1983 the Fish & Coal building was gutted by a fire and left abandoned, although in recent years it has held temporary events, such as art exhibitions.
The Wharf Road Arches provided stabling for the horses which took goods on to their final destination, after they were unloaded from trains at King’s Cross. In the 1990s, the arches became home to The Cross, one of London’s best loved nightclubs, but have been unused since it closed down in 2007.
The western end of the Fish + Coal building will be converted into a pub, with a new roof conservatory and an outdoor roof terrace overlooking the canal. The upper floors of the Fish & Coal Building will become the ‘Creative Centre’ for the Jamie Oliver Group, while the lower level arches will form part of a new restaurant.
The higher-level ‘viaduct’ continues the canal corridor, designed by Dan Pearson as a ‘green ribbon’ of horticultural planting between the east and west boundaries of the site. It will provide an elevated walkway inspired by the High Line in New York and Promenade Plantée in Paris.
Morwenna Wilson, Argent (King’s Cross) Ltd., the asset manager at King’s Cross, said:
“These buildings are stunning examples of robust, Victorian industrial architecture. Jamie Oliver Group is the perfect partner to work with to restore these buildings to their former glory and make them thriving and bustling centres of activity once again.”
Lunson Mitchenall advised KCCLP Partnership on the deal.