Pancras Square, the gateway to King’s Cross, was last night (22 January 2015) officially opened by Councillor Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council, and Sir David Clementi, Chairman of the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP).
The new world-class public space joins London’s other famous squares and its completion marks a major milestone in the development of King’s Cross.
The new public square, which is located in the southern end of the 67-acre King’s Cross development, was opened in front of a host of special guests, including Councillor Sarah Hayward, Councillor Theo Blackwell, Cabinet Member for Finance and Technology Policy and Councillor Heather Johnson, Chair of Development Control Committee.
Pancras Square has been designed by Townshend Landscape Architects, with a stunning stream-like water feature cascading down a series of terraces to the majestic oak tree, which sits at its southern entrance. At the heart of the design concept is sustainability and tranquillity, reflected in the pools of water and the careful selection of herbaceous planting, structural shrubs and mature tree planting. The square, which will be used by the public and office workers from the surrounding buildings, aims to create a peaceful space in the centre of London.
Pancras Square, will open up around 4000m2 of public space, is directly accessible from the seven neighboring new office buildings, home to occupiers such as Havas, Google, the London Borough of Camden, Louis Vuitton, PRS for Music and The Office Group, among others. At ground level, restaurants and cafes will animate the edges of the square as they spill out into outdoor seating areas.
Speaking on behalf of the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership, Sir David Clementi said:
“We wanted to create a sustainable and tranquil public space that could be used as a meeting place commuters, office works and visitors alike. The soft lines and central water feature will help to make this a space which can be enjoyed by all.”
Over the coming weeks, the square will begin to come to life throughout the day and into the evening, aided by the new restaurants opening soon on the space, including Vinoteca, Notes Coffee and Kimchee, with Granger & Co and D&D London following later in the year.