King’s Cross Hinterlands

Client: London Borough of Camden

The King’s Cross area of North London will undergo a transformation through the high profile King’s Cross Central development.  Camden Council is keen to ensure that the economic benefits of the development are extended to existing communities in the deprived wards surrounding the Station. Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design and Roger Tym and Partners were appointed by the Council to develop a place shaping strategy that would draw together economic, social and physical initiatives in a coherent package of strategies.

Working closely together, Tibbalds and Roger Tym devised a series of workshops involving local stakeholders from a range of backgrounds to, firstly, examine the ‘blockages’ to securing positive change in the King’s Cross area and, secondly, identify projects and initiatives that could address those blockages.

The final strategy set out a series of projects that included:

  • physical improvements to the public realm to create safer, more attractive linkages for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • recommendations for development briefs and other strategies to secure the regeneration of key sites; and
  • a series of initiatives relating to education, training and health.