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A new departure for King's Cross

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Allies and Morrison and Dimitri Porphyrios have made an outline planning application for these proposals for the King's Cross area.

The move marks a serious staging post in the four-year development of the scheme to regenerate the vast run-down brownfield site behind King's Cross and St Pancras stations.

The project - drawn up for a development team comprising Argent and St George - aims to transform the 27ha site during the next five years.

The developers, which were keen to use the combined skills of Classicist Porphyrios and the Modernism of Allies and Morrison, claim that the proposals will 'create a new urban quarter for the centre of London'. They believe the combination of the different architectural traditions, which were first used together in Birmingham's Brindleyplace, will successfully knit the scheme's new streets and thoroughfares into the surrounding London boroughs of Camden and Islington.

The project will create a massive amount of new office space, residential accommodation, shopping, hotels and leisure facilities.

It will also use the Regent's Canal - which intersects the site - as a regeneration tool, creating three new bridges across the waterway.

Porphyrios told the AJ that he was delighted with the scheme's development so far. 'It looks really great, and I think that is down to the interesting collaboration between myself and Allies and Morrison, ' he said.

The Greek-born practitioner added that he was delighted that so many of his traditional urban design principles had been adopted on the project. 'Both the design teams believe in the rationalist principle of the human city and the primacy of public space, ' he added.

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