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Stanton Williams submits revised Kings Cross square scheme

Stanton Williams has submitted revised plans for its £6 million Kings Cross Square scheme featuring more trees and new paving

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.

Reworked proposals submitted by the AJ100 practice this week however feature more trees and a new Yorkstone and granite paving scheme - a response to concerns raised during the public consultation.  

Ian Fry, Network Rail’s programme director for King’s Cross said: ‘When designing a square which will be used by 140,000 people every day, it was vital to get as much public input as possible.

‘We received many positive comments about our proposals and considered every suggestion to see if there were other details we could include. Stanton Williams’ imaginative scheme deftly resolves several complicated challenges and constraints on the space. The result is a high quality open space, which allows the magnificent Grade I listed Victorian Lewis Cubbitt station façade to take centre stage’.

The 7,000m2 public realm project will replace 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 the studio 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 2012.

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