Network Rail reveals that Stanton Williams will design the new piazza at King’s Cross station.

Network Rail has revealed the design for the new public square in front of King’s Cross which will form the final phase of the London station upgrade.

Pictures released last week show how the front of the station will look once the 1970s concourse extension has been razed and improvements to the public realm completed in 2013. New paving will be laid to form a series of stripes resembling a zebra crossing.

At more than 7,000 square metres, the new King’s Cross Square will be 50% bigger than Leicester Square and will reveal the Grade I listed Victorian station facade for the first time in nearly 150 years.

Architect Stanton Williams was chosen to work with Network Rail on the new square following a design competition which attracted entries from more than 100 architects and urban designers around the world. Network Rail says the square has been carefully designed to complement the area’s rich history and provide a modern, open space in the heart of London.

Alan Stanton, director of Stanton Williams, said: “King’s Cross Square is a unique opportunity to create a new public space for London and a response to one of the most exciting urban challenges in the city. The scheme will become a focal point at the heart of the wider King’s Cross development bringing together major urban and transport improvements.”

Ian Fry, Network Rail programme director at King’s Cross, added: “The redevelopment of the station is well under way and will see a stunning and spacious new concourse opening in spring 2012. After the Olympics we will then remove the outdated green canopy in front of the station to create the space for this fantastic new square, revealing the original Victorian facade of King’s Cross.”

The designs for King’s Cross Square were displayed in a week-long public exhibition at the station last month. A planning application for the square will be submitted later in 2011.

Stanton Williams’ other current projects include the new Campus for the University of the Arts London at King’s Cross, the Stadtmuseum Berlin, the Grand Musee d’Art in Nantes and the Eton Manor site for the 2012 London Olympics.

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