Plans for the Aga Khan University, as well as local transport

planAt its next meeting, on 25 March, the Forum will hear from Argent and the Aga Khan Development Network about Building R1, to be built on the edge of Cubitt Park. This is to provide offices and teaching rooms for the Aga Khan University; its Japanese “star” architect, Maki Associates, has designed several buildings for the Aga Khan University elsewhere. The student accommodation (designed by Stanton Williams) will be in Building T5, which is now under construction next to the tall Urbanest student tower block. The locations are shown alongside.

Following that there will be a discussion on local transport needs, probably concentrating on busses and cycles, with an introduction to the new transport co-ordinator for Argent.

The meeting will be at 7:00 on Wednesday 25 March in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall.

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What is happening next in King’s Cross Central?

handyside gardensAt the meeting on 26 November Robert Evans presented the developments expected by Argent over the next few years. 2015 and 2016 are likely to be the most intensive. The developments currently underway will be completed then. In particular, Cubitt Park and Square, two office blocks, the German Gymnasium, the Midland Goods Shed and the Plimsoll Building (Building P1) will be completed in 2015; while the Fish and Coal Buildings, a student housing block and the Tapestry Building (Building T1) will be completed in 2016. Work will begin on three further office blocks, two housing blocks and the Coal Drops in 2015. The presentation, available here, shows how these will gradually occupy the site.

After reviewing the work of the past year, the meeting elected new officers and members of the Steering Committee. In doing so the Forum moved towards becoming more representative of the occupants of King’s Cross Central and its immediate surroundings.

A full account of the meeting is in the minutes of the meeting. The meeting was also the annual review meeting; the annual review report is here.

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Development expectations in the King’s Cross area

gasholderAt its next meeting, on 26 November, the Forum will have:

  • An account by Robert Evans of the Argent development expectations for the coming years.
  • A review of the past year (reported here).
  • A discussion of the intentions for next year.
  • The election of the officers for next year.

This will be the first annual review meeting under the revised terms of reference.

The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 on Wednesday 26 November in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall. Please note the time, which is earlier than usual, to fit in the account of the development expectations.

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Comments on the plans for the Gasholder Triplets and local health and education

original gasholder settingAt the meeting on 17 September Argent and the architects (Wilkinson Eyre) provided a presentation about the reuse of the Gasholder Triplets. The refurbished gasholder frames will surround apartment buildings that have surface colours and finishes intended to evoke gasholder bells.

The presentation, available here, includes several images of the gasholder frames (before and after refurbishment) and of the open spaces (both public and private) as well as of the surface colours and finishes.

Among the concerns raised by members of the Forum were:

  • The provision for bicycles and electric cars (which comply with planning requirements now but which will become inadequate in some years).
  • The need for interpretation boards to explain how the buildings related to the original gasholders.

Aideen Dunne, of Camden and Islington Public Health, described the report by her organisation on the options for primary care provision in the King’s Cross area. The NHS (not Camden and Islington Public Health) will decide between the options. Members of the Forum were very dissatisfied that the report appeared to ignore the distinctive characteristics of the area, such as the numbers of railway travellers and commuters (who can choose medical services in the area), and that little progress been made towards reaching an adequate decision.

Finally the head teacher and the nursery manager of the primary school spoke about the school principles and the teaching practicalities. The school will open in Building P1 for the 2015 intake.

The discussions on all these topics are outlined in the minutes of the meeting.

The next meeting, on Wednesday 26 November, will be the annual review meeting.

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Plans for the Gasholder Triplets, as well as local health and education

gasholder triplets outline designAt its next meeting, on 17 September, the Forum will hear from Argent and the architects (Wilkinson Eyre) about the plans for the Gasholder Triplets. The frames of the Gasholder Triplets have three tiers of cast iron columns with capitals and three tiers of wrought iron riveted lattice girders. After restoration they will be re-erected around apartment buildings and enclose a private garden between those buildings.

After the discussion of the Gasholder Triplets, Camden and Islington Public Health will describe the outcomes of the health impact and needs assessment, which is being input to NHS.

Finally the head teacher will introduce the new primary school, to be opened in 2015. As described here, this will be housed in Building P1, along with the Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children.

The meeting is from 7:00 to 9:00 on Wednesday 17 September in Committee Room 1 of Camden Town Hall.

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