At the meeting on 16 April an architect in the Porphyrios Associates practice told the Forum about the detailed plans for Building B6. This will be one of the six large office blocks around Pancras Square. Only it and Building B5 are still being designed; the others, and the shared substructures, are well on the way to completion.
The earlier plans (for the building in the higher picture alongside) were given planning approval four years ago, but construction did not start. The revised plans (for the building in the lower picture alongside) are quite different. The earlier plans used stone finishes for the first two floors and brick finishes thereafter, with fairly small windows (except where they faced the Regent’s Canal). The revised plans use stone finishes throughout with rather larger windows, and create more vigorous elevations, especially with pavilions towards the Regent’s Canal.
The Forum welcomed the attempt to fit the context provided by the buildings already planned or constructed for Pancras Square, but several members were unenthusiastic about the plans. They thought that the elevations were suited more to an inter-war office block near the River Thames than to a foil for the nineteenth and twenty-first century buildings near the Regent’s Canal. The minutes of the meeting describe the plans and the reasons for the lack of enthusiasm. Of course the plans are not final; they might yet change again before the submission of the planning application.
There have been revisions to the plans for Cubitt Park and Cubitt Square, too. The minutes summarise the revisions to the plans, for which a planning application has now been submitted (2014/2366/P).
The meeting also discussed the current work on establishing the primary health care provision in the area. The discussion, outlined in the minutes, will probably be resumed at the next meeting of the Forum, which is from 7:00 to 9:00 on Wednesday 17 September in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall.
At its next meeting, on 16 April, the Forum will hear from Argent about the plans for Building B6, shown in yellow alongside. Though planning approval was granted four years ago, building did not start and the plans have lately been revised. The revised plans for this prominent position near the Regent’s Canal envisage a more heavily clad and even more mannered structure than did the earlier plans.
A planning application (2014/2366/P) for Cubitt Park and Cubitt Square has now been submitted. At the meeting there will be an explanation of how the application relates to the intentions described to the Forum in a meeting last year and reported in the minutes of that meeting.
There will also be an account of current thinking about primary health care provision in the area, as seen by Healthwatch Camden, which is working out options with Camden and Islington Public Health.
The meeting is from 7:00 to 9:00 on Wednesday 16 April in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall.
At the meeting on 12 February the Forum heard from architects in the Allies and Morrison and David Morley Architects practices about the plans for the German Gymnasium and the Fish and Coal Buildings. It also had an update from Alex Woolmore of Argent on the implementation of the Section 106 Agreement. In its own business it approved the draft revised terms of reference of the Forum, with small amendments.
The plans are outlined in the minutes of the meeting, along with the discussions on the Section 106 Agreement and the terms of reference. The planning application (2014/1455/P) for the German Gymnasium was submitted two weeks after the meeting was held; the Forum provided a response.
There will be a further meeting, on Wednesday 16 April, to look at other expected planning applications.
At its next meeting, on 12 February, the Forum will hear from Argent about the plans for the German Gymnasium and the Fish and Coal Buildings. It will also receive an update on the near term schedule for the development as a whole and the implementation of the Section 106 Agreement (which is provided in full here and summarised here).
Following this there will be a review of the draft revised terms of reference of the Forum.
The meeting is from 7:00 to 9:00 on Wednesday 12 February in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall.
At its meeting on 25 November the Forum discussed whether to disband and, if so, how related work should continue. There was strong support for ensuring that the occupants of King’s Cross Central could influence future social, economic and environmental conditions in the area. With the active involvement of local groups and individuals, and its own experience, the Forum could become effective in representing all occupants. In doing so it would build on the initiatives taken by the Saxon Court and Rubicon Court residents association and would extend to other buildings as people came to live or work in them.
The Forum therefore chose to continue its work, with a growing emphasis on community matters besides planning applications. With this in mind it appointed new officers. They, with other members, can now begin to plan future actions to put into effect the broad objectives of the Forum.
Sometimes being effective requires rapid responses. The Forum noted that the plans for the Google building (outlined here) were being rethought on a tight time scale. There was therefore a chance to persuade Google of the merits of reinstating a bridge over the railway lines. To help with this you can sign or add comments to the open letter.
The Forum also noted that premises for small businesses would not be provided in King’s Cross Central until 2015 at least, though they were needed now.
A fuller account of all these matters is in the minutes of the meeting. The meeting was also the annual review meeting; the annual review report is here.