Thomas Heatherwick has been appointed by Argent to resurrect plans for a signature bridge at King’s Cross which was shelved during the recession
Heatherwick was appointed in 2002 by the developer to draw up plans for the link across the Regent’s Canal from Goods Way to Granary Square. But his original designs for a £5 million footbridge made entirely from glass were considered too expensive and were dropped in 2012.
Now the developer has again engaged Heatherwick to revisit the designs – although the new bridge will not be constructed from glass. Argent director David Partridge said: ‘We always wanted to work with [Heatherwick] on King’s Cross because he is a world-renowned and extraordinarily talented designer.’
Heatherwick’s original design comprised 1,334 sheets of 12mm-thick glass sheets held together by compression and lit from within. It won a design prize, the Bombay Sapphire Award, in 2002.
Heatherwick said: ‘We have a longstanding relationship with Argent and it is fantastic to be working on [the] footbridge.’
Heatherwick is also drawing up proposals for other parts of the King’s Cross development site, including the ‘Coal Drops’, the transformation of a series of Victorian brick and cast iron railway arches into a heritage-led retail quarter with up to 90 boutiques, restaurants, galleries and music venues. Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands is the lead architect on the scheme at present but consultation on additional proposals for the Coal Drops is expected to begin in the autumn.