King’s Cross fans had their interest piqued last week when Stanton Williams unveiled its £6 million plans to replace the central London train station’s 1970s concourse structure with 7,000m2 of new public realm
Part of a £500 million upgrade for the station, the project was scooped by the studio last year following an international design competition.
Unfortunately, some local observers are less than impressed, describing the ‘miserable’ design as ‘tearing down the existing concourse, retaining the two ventilation shafts and Tube entrance, and otherwise paving everything’.
Rallying residents to petition for improvements, Sophie Talbot wrote on the King’s Cross Local Environment blog: ‘It looks exactly like the simple graphic that’s been on the hoardings for months, not the result of an international design competition.’
But Network Rail says it is ‘confident in the proposed scheme, which has been carefully designed to complement the area’s rich history’.