Members of the Forum resolved to respond to the planning applications for King’s Cross Square when they heard from Network Rail and Transport for London. They had several concerns. In particular, they thought that the approach to design in and around the Square looked piecemeal. Separate organisations (both Network Rail and different parts of Transport for London) appeared to take separate design decisions.
For instance, the planning applications say nothing about:
- Direction signs in the Square.
- Structures by other architects in the Square.
- Road crossings, despite the high pedestrian traffic expected.
- Bicycle stands, despite the growing recognition of the role of cycling in London.
In addition, the designs leave the canopy over the main Underground exit some distance from the bus stops and do not integrate the taxi rank canopy with the Egg (though they find space to expand the Egg with kiosks). They also still use rather cheerless dark granite cladding and paving in their attempt to make the Underground protuberances, such as the Egg, look less intrusive.
The Forum response to the planning applications notes especially the apparent lack of co-ordination between the organisations making decisions in and around the Square. These organisations should be working according to the policies in the London Plan. The Forum therefore wrote a letter to the Mayor of London to request co-ordinated planning by the organisations before the approval of any planning applications for the Square.