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Stanton Williams scoops planning for Kings Cross Square scheme

Stanton Williams has won planning permission for its £6 million Kings Cross Square scheme in London

The 7,000m² project creates a new public square in front of Kings Cross train station which could be used by 140,000 people every day.

Images of the competition-winning scheme were revealed in July but received a lukewarm response from residents who asked for the design to be sent back to the drawing board.

In September Stanton Williams submitted revised plans for the square featuring more trees and new paving.

Alan Stanton of Stanton Williams said: ‘Our design for the new Kings Cross Square will provide a new public space as a focal point at the heart of the wider Kings Cross development.

‘The scheme takes into account all the complexities of the site, from its function as an arrivals area for the station, to the structures of the London Underground system. We welcome the planning consent so that the project can move forward.’

Ian Fry, Network Rail’s programme director at King’s Cross added: ‘The new public square and unveiled Grade I listed Lewis Cubbitt station façade will be the ideal complement to the new concourse, which opens in the spring, and together will help transform King’s Cross station into a world-class public transport hub.

‘We are grateful for the ongoing support we’ve received throughout the station redevelopment and will continue to work closely with our partners, the local authority and community to deliver the remaining work with the least possible disruption.’

The project replaces a 1970s concourse structure which currently occupies a forecourt to the Grade I-listed Victorian train station. It is claimed the new space – scheduled to open in 2013 – will be 50 per cent larger than London’s Leicester square.

The scheme is part of Network Rail’s £500 million redevelopment programme for the central London terminus and was scooped by Stanton Williams last year following an international design competition.

A new glass and steel concourse at Kings Cross designed by John McAslan and Partners is scheduled to complete in March.

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