King's Cross competition sees six shortlisted firms announced
The redevelopment of one of London’s most famous railway stations is a step closer as the shortlist of six teams for its design has been announced by Network Rail. King’s Cross station is to be redesigned as part of the organisation’s £450 million station redevelopment scheme with an estimated £6 million dedicated to its completion.
Field Operations with Buro Happold, Concepto, Macgregor Smith, Tomato
Gehl Architects and Landscape Projects with a team comprising Martin Stockley Associates, Simon Fenton Partnership, four23, and Hansen & Henneberg.
Gross.Max. Landscape Architects
Gustafson Porter with Arup, Space Syntax, Davis Langdon
Martha Schwartz Partners and Buro Happold with Squint/Opera, Davis Langdon, Quatro
All six teams will now submit designs for assessment by a Technical Panel and Jury prior to the announcement of a winner in late Summer 2009.
Network Rail and Camden Borough Council have collaborated on the project which will create a public space larger than Leicester Square and will operate as a new open approach to the station. The addition of a further platform will increase capacity for an expected rise in passenger figures from 40 million to 50 million passengers every year. The project will also see the uncovering of the original historic Grade I listed southern face of the station, designed by Lewis Cubitt in 1851, for the first time since 1972.
Ian Fry, programme director for Network Rail said: “The new square will become a key feature of the redeveloped station when it is complete in 2013. This new London landmark will not only benefit the travelling public who will gain from the creation of more space and new fantastic facilities, but King’s Cross Square will allow people to appreciate the restored Leiws Cubitt façade and make a significant positive impact on the surrounding area.”
Niki May Young