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Bennetts reveals designs for £18m goods shed to supermarket scheme

Bennetts Associates’ has unveiled this £18million scheme to convert the historic Midland Goods Shed at King’s Cross into a 2,700m² Waitrose supermarket

The practice’s proposals will bring the grade II-listed building and East Handyside Canopy back into use, restoring the structures to house a 220m² cookery school, events space and superstore.

Built in 1850, the shed was once a temporary passenger terminal used whilst King’s Cross station was being built. After the completion of the railway station, the building was used for handling and storing goods that were brought into King’s Cross from across the country.

Bennetts’ designs are ‘intended to preserve the distinctive Victorian character of robust brickwork, sturdy cast iron structures and delicate roof trusses’.

Julian Lipscombe, director at Bennetts, said: ‘The two structures both have fascinating histories and stories to tell. Our scheme celebrates their gloriously idiosyncratic characters whilst introducing carefully considered but confident modern insertions to allow them to be brought back to life. The rich mix of proposed uses will allow the public to enjoy the dramatic range of spaces within for the very first time and will create a highly distinctive focal point within the heritage core of King’s Cross.’

Will Colthorpe of Argent, added: ‘The transformation of King’s Cross, is all about blending the old with the new. The history and heritage of the site, adds character and roots the development and gives it a real sense of place.’

The proposals form part of Argent’s 27-hectare King’s Cross regeneration programme.

The scheme is expected to start on site later this year and is expected to complete in 2015.

Bennetts Midland Goods Shed

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Bennetts scoops King’s Cross supermarket role

Bennetts Associates has been appointed to design a 2,700m² megastore for upmarket supermarket chain Waitrose in London’s King’s Cross

The £18 million building is the latest development to be announced for Argent’s 27-hectare King’s Cross regeneration programme.

Transforming the grade II-listed Midlands Goods Shed and East Handyside Canopy, the retail scheme will sit close to Stanton William’s recently opened Central St Martins campus and a proposed Aga Khan university by Fumihiko Maki.

Bennetts’ proposal includes a supermarket, 280m² cooking school, café and 2,300m² of offices. The project will not include a dedicated car park but customers will be permitted to use a planned multi-storey car park nearby. Argent plans to include 46,500m² of retail on its £2 billion regeneration of former railway lands surrounding King’s Cross station.

A reserved matters planning application is planned to be submitted in May with construction expected to start later this year and completion due in Spring 2015.

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