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Bennetts scoops planning for £18m goods shed to supermarket scheme

Bennetts Associates has won planning for an £18million scheme to convert the Historic Midlands Good Shed at King’s Cross into a supermarket

The scheme will see the Grade II-listed building brought back into use, converting the historic structure into a 2,700m² Waitrose superstore, an events space, and a 220m² cookery school.

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

Built in 1850, the Midlands Good Shed was originally used as a temporary passenger terminal while King’s Cross station was being built. After the station was completed the building was used for handling and storing goods that were brought into King’s Cross from across the country.

Julian Lipscombe, director at Bennetts Associates, said: ‘This is a wonderful moment in the life of the project. We have been involved since 2005 and are now finally able to realise the vision. Our aspiration is that it will be another crowning glory for Kings Cross through its combination of rich heritage, bold modern additions and unique mix of uses.’

Will Colthorpe of Argent, added: ‘The Midland Goods Shed and its canopy are important heritage buildings, and their new incarnations as retail, office and events spaces will mean more people are able to appreciate and enjoy them.’

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

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

The architect’s view

‘The main entrance to the Waitrose store will be at the southern end of Midland Goods Shed, facing the major north-south pedestrian route through the masterplan site and providing good access from York Way via Wharf Road. Given the superb public transport connectivity in the area, the store will not have car parking provision.

‘Public areas of the store sit across the ground floor of the Goods Shed and the southern end of the East Handyside Canopy, creating two distinctly different spaces that the store planning will respond to imaginatively. The area within the Goods Shed has the potential to spill out into the adjacent West Handyside Canopy for covered markets and food festivals, whilst part of the East Handyside Canopy will house a store café with an outdoor seating area overlooking the canal.

‘The cookery school will be located in the south east corner of Midland Goods Shed and will provide a complementary education and leisure resource as part of a food destination emerging in the area.  The first floor of Midland Goods Shed, as well as the remainder of the East Handyside Canopy, will provide new events and cultural space for a major media organisation, thus adding to the Learning Quarter already established at King’s Cross.

‘New insertions allow the disused buildings to be occupied and form a contemporary yet complimentary counterpart to the existing structure and rhythm.’

Bennetts Midland Goods Shed

Project data

Location King’s Cross, London
Type of project supermarket
Client Argent Estates Limited 
Architect Bennetts Associates 
Heritage consultant Heritage Architecture
Structural engineer Arup
M&E engineer Hoare Lea 
Contractor Kier Construction
Planning consultant NLP Planning
Completion date 2015
Total cost £18million

Previous story (AJ 24.02.14)

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.

Previous story (AJ 20.02.13)

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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