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Stanton Williams unveils Kings Cross square plans

[First look] Stanton Williams has unveiled its competition-winging design to create a new public square outside Kings Cross train station in London

The 7,000m² public realm scheme will replace an existing 1970s concourse structure which currently obscures views of the Victorian Grade I-listed Kings Cross station façade.

Last year Stanton Williams beat Gehl Architects, Gustafson Porter and Gross Max to win the £6 million project -part of a £500 million redevelopment programme for the station designed by John McAslan and Partners.

The new square will be 50 per cent larger than Leicester Square in London’s West End, it is claimed, and will be submitted for planning later this year.

Alan Stanton, Stanton Williams director said: ‘King’s Cross Square is a unique opportunity to create a new public space for London and a response to one of the most exciting urban challenges in the city.

‘The scheme will become a focal point at the heart of the wider King’s Cross development bringing together major urban and transport improvements.’

Ian Fry, Network Rail programme director at King’s Cross, added: ‘The redevelopment of the station is well under way and will see a stunning and spacious new concourse opening in spring 2012. After the Olympics we will then remove the outdated green canopy in front of the station to create the space for this fantastic new square, revealing the original Victorian façade of King’s Cross station for the first time since the 1860s.’

The proposals will be displayed at the train station until 26 July.

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