On 5 October the Forum heard Robert Evans, a director of Argent, speak about the current plans for Kings Cross Central and features on which Argent are working with definites, probables and less probables illustrated in his slide presentation under Argent’s current strapline: “Kings Cross – open for business”. In fact far fewer business buildings featured in the immediate prospect and far more affordable and shared-ownership housing as well as one section which may provide housing for people with mental health needs. In summary:
- Work goes on at the Granary site to have the University of the Arts London ready for opening two years from now.
- Combined heat and power will be provided in T1, the westernmost site by the Regent’s Canal.
- The ground floor of the Great Northern Hotel is being converted to an arcade which will open in conjunction with Kings Cross Station’s new hemispherical Western concourse.
- Building L1, the Western Transit Shed, is being prepared for a prospective anchor tenant and retail users.
- Affordable Housing has come to the fore. Applications would be submitted soon on Buildings R4, R5 and T6 as well as Cubitt Square and Cubitt Park (working titles).
- The long-awaited Gas Governor removal is also in the offing.
- Some landscaping works and roads are going in. There should also be an application in regard to the Southern Square (another working title), the site nearest to the German Gym and the mainline railway stations.
- The Construction Skills Centre, a training centre for aspiring construction workers, has been handed over to the London Borough of Camden and continues to offer a 2-year course which will prepare people to work in building, not only on Kings Cross Central.
Meeting at Argent’s invitation in the German Gym, the Forum also received the annual review report, amended the terms of reference and elected co-ordinating group members. the minutes of the meeting are here.
£42m funding boost for Kings Cross affordable housing
By Will Mann in Contract Journal 8 October 2009
The Homes and Communities Agency has announced a £42m grant to help deliver affordable housing at the King’s Cross Central regeneration scheme.
King’s Cross Central, a joint venture between Argent, London & Continental Railways and DHL, will build up to 284 affordable homes over the next five years, alongside private housing for sale and/or rent.
The housing will be located next to the Regents Canal and will be sold to One Housing Group, which will be responsible for lettings, management and maintenance. The first homes should be completed by 2012.
King’s Cross Central has outline planning permission for a total of 1,946 homes, of which 834 will be affordable.