First details emerge of Thomas Heatherwick's King's Cross regeneration project

by Kim Megson | 30 Oct 2015

Heatherwick Studio has revealed the first details of its plan to develop a disused coal yard in King’s Cross into a large-scale public space and mixed-use destination.

The Coal Drops buildings at King’s Cross station in London were built in the 1850s to receive freight arriving from the north of England by train. They were later used for warehousing and light industry before being abandoned in the last century.

In a short statement on the Heatherwick Studio website, the firm said: “Coal Drops Yard is a project that will secure the long-term future of the historic Coal Drops buildings.

“The proposals will establish Coal Drops Yard as a public space and retail destination, with 100,000sq ft (9,300sq m) of shopping, eating and drinking and events space.”

The studio also released a single rendering of the design, which shows a new bridge and rooftop extension integrated with the existing brick arches.

The Heatherwick-designed space is just one component of the wider regeneration of King’s Cross, which is being developed by the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) in conjunction with property developer Argent.

KCCLP has been quick to praise the Heatherwick plans. In a statement, the organisation said: “With its canal-side location, Victorian architecture and beautiful new public squares as a backdrop, Coal Drops Yard is set to become a unique new shopping destination.

"The cobbled streets and Victorian brick arches will house quirky boutiques, restaurants, galleries, music venues and bars. Shops and cafés will spill out onto the streets and public spaces here. Free from traffic, the area will be buzzing with street life, food stalls and more.”

Related stories

Boris Johnson approves Heatherwick’s London Garden Bridge

Westminster Council approves London’s Garden Bridge

Heatherwick to design New York's 'Pier 55'

Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge approved by Lambeth Council

Bottoms up: Heatherwick’s Bombay Sapphire Distillery ready to go

Thomas Heatherwick to create new Art Museum in Cape Town, South Africa

Heatherwick's Olympic Cauldron to rise again at Museum of London

Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge goes in for London planning

Plans revealed for Abu Dhabi sunken desert oasis by Heatherwick

Fundraising gathering pace for London's Garden Bridge

FEATURE: Visitor Attractions – Spirit Maker

FEATURE: Co-create – Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Heatherwick Studio has revealed the first details of its plan to develop a disused coal yard in King’s Cross into a large-scale public space and mixed-use destination. The Coal Drops buildings at King’s Cross station in London were built in the 1850s to receive freight arriving from the north of England by train. They were later used for warehousing and light industry before being abandoned in the last century. In
The first image of Heatherwick Studio's Coal Drops Yard project / Mir
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7535     
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7535     
featured supplier
Featured Supplier: Ritz Carlton co-founder joins Frontline Summit 2020 as keynote speaker
Frontline work has never been more important and frontline workers are the largest class of workers on the planet, as well as the most impactful group on the experience customers get.
company profile
Company profile: Barr + Wray Ltd
Founded in 1959, Barr + Wray is recognised as a world-leading provider of spa design, engineering, and pool and spa equipment.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
Francis graduated as a landscape architect in Belgium. He returned to Lebanon in 1993
"I believe gardens are where the soul rests"

With a focus on desert landscapes and collaborations with Zaha Hadid and OMA, the principal of Francis Landscapes has a deep belief in the power of nature

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
The suites are sleek, modern and calming, with natural colours and materials
"Wellness embraces the entire holiday experience"

The design of the newly-opened Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomitti in Italy aims to celebrate and protect its spectacular surroundings

Manuelle Gautrand
"The cities where you have good cultural buildings and facilities – it’s a way for people to mix, to share the city in a much deeper way"

The French architect and winner of the 2017 European Prize for Architecture tells us why she is determined to surprise

"It was born from the sheer anxiety of having to submit something brilliant in a very short timescale"

How a moment of desperation led to BIG’s CopenHill, the clean power plant that’s doubling as a skiing and leisure destination. Magali Robathan speaks to the architects that made it happen

The Big U aims to protect Lower Manhattan from floods
"Funding woes and murky timelines are common problems. It can be easier to make a difference one small project at a time"

From parks designed to mitigate the effects of flooding to warming huts for one of the world’s coldest cities, these projects have been designed for increasingly extreme climates

SHL’s Monroe Blocks mixed development in Detroit, US
"Most clients are very focused on how buildings are used and experienced as the primary design driver"

The MD of Schmidt Hammer Lassen and the CEO of PerkinsWill tell us why their merger will help create smarter buildings driven by human behaviour

cladkit product news
BIG partners with Louis Poulsen for new lighting collection
The Keglen collection is made up of four different pendants
Lauren Heath-Jones
BIG Ideas, the technology arm of renowned architecture firm Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG), has partnered with Danish lighting manufacturer Louis ...
Matteo Thun grows Allaperto collection with new suspended outdoor armchair
Megan Whitby
Allaperto, the lounge collection spawned by the partnership between design studios, Matteo Thun, Ethimo and Antonio Rodriguez, has been expanded ...
Barr + Wray to launch space saving hammam concept
Light shines through a striking central chandelier to create a feeling of movement
Katie Barnes
Smaller footprint. Maximum theatre. Those are the two main features of a new hammam concept being developed by wet spa ...
cladkit product news
Daniel Svahn creates furniture collection using repurposed table tops
The Goodies But Oldies collection features three pieces made from repurposed MDF table tops
Lauren Heath-Jones
Daniel Svahn, a Stockholm-based furniture designer, has created a new range of sustainable furnishings, made from recycled MDF tabletops. Svahn, ...
Tom Dixon collaborates with Prolicht to launch CODE lighting range
The product has three LED light sources: Dot, Dash and Grid
Megan Whitby
British designer, Tom Dixon, and Austrian architectural lighting specialists, Prolicht, have collaborated to unveil a new lighting range. Called CODE, ...
XTU concept imagines life in the clouds
XTU's X Cloud concept is part of the Future and the Arts: AI, Robotic, Cities, Life - How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo
Lauren Heath-Jones
XTU Architects, a Paris-based architecture firm, has released images and renderings of X Cloud, a new concept that showcase a ...
cladkit product news
1885 Lounge at St Mary's Stadium celebrates Southampton FC's history
Rainbow Design worked closely with KSS Architects to ensure the furniture matched the design vision
Lauren Heath-Jones
KSS Architects has partnered with Rainbow Design, a London-based furniture supplier, to create the 1885 Lounge at St Mary's Stadium, ...
Painting with Light pushes boundaries to create unforgettable visual concepts
The team combines lighting, video, sound and special effects, with scenic and architectural elements, to create unforgettable visual experiences
Megan Whitby
Belgium-based light and video design studio, Painting with Light, will translate the story of your location into a visual experience, ...
Metalline transforms London hotel with bespoke aluminium fins
The aluminium fins will form the façade of the upcoming Minories Hotel in Aldgate, London
Lauren Heath-Jones
Metalline, an architectural metalwork specialist based in the UK, has created a range of bespoke 3D twisted metal fins for ...
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates