100 Architects VS Town Planning


I might have known – London’s most inept council is responsible for the pig’s ear that will be the redesigned King’s Cross Station.

The miserable plan for the new square at King’s Cross has come about because Camden Council refused to allow any new structures, sculptures, water features or anything except the existing pavement. There are no plans to plant trees. The massive blank space will no doubt be shoved full of stalls, advertising and the kind of street junk Camden favours.

So what to do? There are calls for a campaign to pressure Camden into reversing their advice and letting Network Rail build a really imaginative square. This hilarious shortlisted CAD for the Big Pavement gives an idea of how glamorous and appealing it will look.

4 comments on “100 Architects VS Town Planning”

  1. M@ says:

    I disagree. I think it’s better to keep it clear of objects until it’s been tested. This will be the busiest station in London, and I don’t think the council should be spending money on fountains, trees etc. until they’ve tested crowd flows with the maximum space. I don’t know if that’s the plan, though.

  2. admin says:

    You could well be right – but I see the word ‘retail’ dancing before their eyes like sugarplums…

  3. Helen Martin says:

    Perhaps they want to get the Olympics over with before adding anything. Shade, though, is essential for those days which even London gets, days of hot sun baking directly down. They turn an unshielded pavement into a frying pan and increase the crying child factor geometrically.

  4. Anne Fernie says:

    Saw Euston (station) this week after a long period away and am horrified at how cheap and tacky it looks with all those little retail booths cluttering up the entrance. I suspect that this is exactly what the Kings Cross redesign will look like a few years hence…..ps. am looking forward to investigating some of your ‘hidden corners’ now am in town Chris – have some of them noted down!

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