The redevelopment of the King’s Cross area of London has created an international transport hub and transformed underused railway land into homes, offices, retail space and a new university campus. Here regeneration, with the thread of social purpose at its heart, has made a place for people to prosper while safeguarding the area’s rich industrial heritage.
As engineers we have helped to re-define, re-shape and create value in rejuvenating this part of London and, as a result, the area has witnessed radical change over the past two decades. From Arup’s initial advice for a revised route for CTRL our technical expertise has helped revitalise King’s Cross and St Pancras and supported the King’s Cross Central development, one of Europe's largest city centre brownfield regeneration schemes.
The transformation of this area is a testimony to the sheer breadth and diversity of skills that make up engineering at Arup today. We have provided expertise that embraces policy, planning, socio-economic studies, risk mapping, design management, transport planning and pedestrian analysis, multi-disciplinary and specialist engineering services, as well as being the lead consultant for King’s Cross Station.
Around King’s Cross, we were faced with a uniquely complex site hemmed in by infrastructure above and below ground – everything from rail lines to old Victorian gas tunnels. Many of these only came to light once projects were underway. Arup’s range of expertise enabled us to respond to the engineering challenges that development unearthed. At King’s Cross Central, our knowledge of planning and heritage issues, restoration and archaeological engineering helped to breathe new life into many of the area’s 20 listed buildings.
Since work in the area began, the focus has always been on creating a successful place for people to live, work, play and study, anchored by the two London gateways of King’s Cross and St Pancras stations. We’re continuing this as we work on further projects in the area – helping to transform more underused and constrained former industrial land into valuable assets for the community.
King's Cross Station. Photography by Hufton+Crow
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The London Aquatics Centre with Zaha Hadid Architects. Photography by Hufton+Crow