King’s Cross Q Zone, Urban

King’s Cross is the redevelopment of 72 acres of redundant rail yards sandwiched between Kings Cross and St Pancras Stations.  It presents one of the most exciting and significant development and regeneration opportunities within the UK.

B|D landscape architects worked for Argent on Zone Q of the masterplan project – a new temporary urban recreation park and important piece of public realm connecting York Way with York Street.

The aim of the temporary recreation area is to radically transform a largely vacant area of hardstanding to create an active landscape over its ‘meanwhile’ lifespan as a valuable amenity for local residents and workers and a more attractive setting to emerging buildings such as Rubicon Court.  The recreation area comprises a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), a flexible recreation space, a new access point from York Way into the site and the integration of this public realm with the innovative and groundbreaking Skip Garden to the south.

The aim of the project is to create a dynamic piece of public realm which fits into the existing and emerging landscape.  It will open up this corner of the Masterplan with a key connection to York Way, with early provision of flexible recreation space, a rolling program of art, education and play resource catering for future residents of King’s Cross Central and for the wider community.

Client: Kings Cross General Partner Ltd
Landscape Budget: Confidential
Status: Completed 2013