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King’s Cross Square contenders in the dark

The architects shortlisted in the prestigious King’s Cross Square contest remain unbriefed about the project – six months after being selected

Despite being named as finalists for the 7,000m2 project outside the central London station in January, the six firms have yet to receive any further details of the scheme.

Jose Rosa, associate director at architectural practice Gustafson Porter, said: ‘I keep chasing the competition organisers for a response. We haven’t even seen the design brief.’

Oliver Schulze, a director at Gehl Architects, also confirmed that he had not heard from the client for some time but declined to comment further.

Another source working on the project, said: ‘I think the process has been poorly managed. We don’t have the information and I am annoyed at the time wasted in submitting a tender to take part and assembling a team.’

Robert West, head of urban design and renewal for the London borough of Camden, agreed that the process had taken longer than planned, due to the sequential and disparate nature of the overall King’s Cross development. But he said he was hopeful that the design brief for the shortlisted firms would be ready ‘in a couple of weeks’.

The square is scheduled for completion in 2013 at a cost of £6 million and will occupy the present site of King’s Cross Station’s Euston Road concourse. Work on the square is expected to begin when the existing concourse is demolished following completion of the John McAslan + Partners-designed western concourse replacement.

Architects Stanton Williams and Field Operations, with landscape architects Martha Schwartz Partners and GROSS.MAX complete the shortlist.

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