2021-08-10 16:29:42 UTC
and King's Cross station have been under re-development for quite a few
years now, but the long regeneration project is finally nearing completion.
I've wandered round the area every few years to watch developments, amd did
so again last week.
Here's the general shots from the area:
And here's some specifically on the new Google building:
And a few comments/queries:
There's a new footbridge over the canal called the Espérance Bridge, which
is supposedly inspired by an original railway bridge from 1921 in the same
location. I hadn't realised that the railways got to that area so early?
Four gasholder frames were reconditioned and replaced, but about 300m north
of their original location. There's a Grade 2 listed conjoined triplet,
which now garnish luxury apartment blocks, and one that encircles a small,
rather rough grass 'park'.
Their original location in the old gasworks was approximately where the
smart new Pancras Square now stands:
Lewis Cubitt, architect of King's Cross Station and the Granary building,
is honoured with both a park and a new square.
The old Coal Drops Yard buildings have a snazzy new 'kissing' roof, with
the two 'peeling' roofs apparently just touching (though I'm pretty sure
there's a hidden continuous steel support beam across):
The designer is Thomas Heatherwick, who also gave us the 2012 Olympics
Cauldron and the Boris Bus, but not the Garden Bridge. He also co-designed
the £1bn new Google building in King's Cross and a very different, even
bigger one in Mountain View. His name seems to be the first one that pops
up when Googlers Google 'architect'.
Samsung has a trendy space in the roof, ready for the thousands of geeks
soon to move into the large new Facebook and Google offices:
As far as I can tell, the new Google building encroaches on the original
King's Cross station site, with the old platform 14 City Widened line
connection through the Hotel Curve underneath it. The new platform 10 (11
as was) is right next to the huge new building. You can actually see a
train in platform 10 from the site entrance:
In the other direction, you can still look into the York Road tunnel vent: