Stanton Williams has won an international competition to design the new £6m public square in front of King’s Cross station in London.

King's Cross public square
Visualisation of the King's Cross public square

Seeing off more than 100 competitors, the firm will lead the design of the 7,000m2 public square – the final stage in Network Rail’s £500m redevelopment of the station, which is due to be completed in 2013.

Alan Stanton of Stanton Williams Architects said: “We are excited to have been selected to work on this project at the heart of the city. The design will address the challenge of integrating the legacy of existing structures on the site to create an environment that functions seamlessly for the public and makes an important contribution to the regeneration of the surrounding area.”

A panel headed by Jim Cornell, former executive director of the Railway Heritage Trust, selected the design. Other members included representatives from Network Rail, English Heritage, Design for London, the London Development Agency and Camden and Islington councils.

Meanwhile, Townshend Landscape Architects has been hired to design London’s first major new street in more than 100 years. The tree-lined Boulevard will stretch for 300m throughout the King’s Cross redevelopment site, populated with cafés, restaurants and shops.


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