public realm/landscape, walk/tour, mixed use
Townshend Landscape Architects, 2012
Western Transit Shed, 11 Stable Street, King's Cross, N1C 4AB
King's Cross is a 67 acre development in Central London being transformed into a new city quarter with 20 regenerated heritage buildings, new homes, offices, public spaces, shops, galleries, bars, restaurants, schools and a university.
King's Cross St. Pancras
10, 46, 73, 214, 390
We have a fantastic line up of tours guided by an industrial archeologist and other specialists. They’ll show you around, take you behind the scenes and give you the low-down on this fascinating part of London.
King's Cross is one of the most energy-efficient developments in the UK and the Energy Centre is the powerhouse that drives sustainability and carbon efficiency here. Join us, as we take you on a tour of the centre with its huge, gas-powered Jenbacher reciprocating engines. These two engines generate electricity for the site and is sold to certain buildings at Kings Cross as part of the Private Wire Network and also back onto the National Grid, the excess heat generated from the engines is captured by heat recovery systems and used to provide comfort heating and hot water. This district-wide energy system is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and is also the first site in Great Britain to be run on green gas reducing its carbon footprint by over 50% per annum.
Accessibility: This tour is not fully accessible due to stairs. No under 16s. Personal protective equipment is required for the tour (helmet and hi-viz jacket) and this will be provided. Please note attendees must wear sensible footwear - no open-toed shoes/sandals. If you have questions about accessibility, please contact the Visitor Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3479 1795.
Join Industrial Archeologist, Rebecca Haslam, as she explores the history and evolution of the Goods Yard, from its inception under the Great Northern Railway to its demise in the post-war period.
Rebecca will look at how the Goods Yard was built, and how it functioned as a rail, road and canal interchange to meet the growing demands of London during the 19th and 20th centuries. The tour will explore the impact of the aerial bombardment of the Second World War and the area’s decline in the second half of the 20th Century. Rebecca will look at how this wonderful complex came close to being lost to vandalism and decay, before being sensitively restored and given a new lease of life as part of the current redevelopment. Don’t miss this fascinating tour!
Accessibility: This tour is accessible for all and open to all ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult during the tour. If you have questions about accessibility, please contact the Visitor Centre on email@example.com or call 020 3479 1795.
A wonderful opportunity to take a gardens and public squares tour through the Estate, starting with the Vertical Meadow at Battlebridge Square. Followed by a walk through Pancras Square before going up to the 10th floor roof gardens and ponds of No 4 with their fantastic views across the Estate (roof top access will be weather dependent) . From there, Des Smith (Head Gardener) and Alistair Law (Founder of Vertical Meadow) will lead the group towards the north of the Estate taking in the planting along Bagley Walk, through to Gasholder Park, to Canal Reach and along Handyside Street to Jellicoe Gardens.
The King’s Cross Masterplan established a framework for the incremental redevelopment of this industrial heritage site through a mix of uses and a network of public spaces structuring new urban blocks and knitting the site into its context.
Allies and Morrison, Porphyrios Associates, 2007
Guided tour / Talk
The life cycle of London’s landscape starts with history. History becomes an integral part of it from the very inception of its design, enriched through construction, and expands even after the building’s completion. As architectural landscapes are repurposed for contemporary needs, they continue to respond to challenges and stigmas of marginalised communities. Join us on Saturday 9th September (11am-1pm) to discuss what happens when people inhabit landscapes and new communities emerge. As landscapes mature, we are given a choice: to ignore or embrace what came before. What happens when the histories of these communities are neglected?
Fumihiko Maki of Maki and Associates, 2018
library, education, garden, walk/tour, gallery, public realm/landscape, online
The Aga Khan Centre, designed by Pritzker prize winning architect Fumihiko Maki, houses the UK institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network. A unique feature are its six gardens inspired by different regions of the Muslim world.
Fumihiko Maki of Maki and Associates, 2018
residence, hotel, transport, walk/tour
Former Midland Grand Hotel, now St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and Chambers apartments. Includes hotel lobby and clock tower.
Sir George Gilbert Scott, 1868
Come inside Hayhurst & Co’s intricate, light-filled building, bursting with architectural ideas and extraordinary spatial events to hear how it’s rooted in a coherent educational ethos – and empathy with young children.
Hayhurst & Co, 2021
Drop in / Guided tour
event, walk/tour, gallery, art studio, museum, community/cultural
A great little museum set in the Grade 2 listed Ossulston Estate - a prime example of pre-war Social housing - based on Karl Marz Hof in Vienna. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays throughout Festival Sunday 11th Event
G Topham Forest, 1927
public realm/landscape, walk/tour
A walk to highlight public realm improvements in Camden and the new traffic-free piazza in the Strand. The walk follows a https://footways.london/ route along attractive,low pollution streets, and end with a visit to St Mary le Strand
Many, including Scott, Hodgkinson, Soane, Hardwick, Lutyens, Inigo Jones (attributed), Gibbs, Wren and Chambers
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