There’s a quiet revolution going on – and I don’t mean the launch of the Canal & River Trust today (though GOOD LUCK to that) no, I’m talking about the regeneration of a huge area of Central London around Kings Cross; and the Regents Canal that runs through the heart of the site.
I’ve read little about it in the waterways press, and yet a huge renovation, restoration and regeneration project is going on…
Last weekend the boys and I went to have a look for ourselves. And found a visually exciting wonderland of development and huge construction works going on around the stations in an area dubbed Kings Cross Central. There’s a phoenix rising out of the ashes of what had become pretty much a no-go area around St. Pancras and Kings Cross stations.
Regrettably a number of gorgeous Victorian buildings, and a number of the archetypal gasometers, seem to have been destroyed; whilst other structures have been more fortunate and are in the process of being fully restored. The huge warehouse on the new Granary Square being one example.
I’m not sure they quite knew what to do with the canal.
They have added viewing steps at Granary Square, and an awful lot of engineering brick and concrete to ‘harden up’ the towpath opposite the Camley Street Nature Reserve . It’s wonderful to see that this oasis of a nature reserve is thriving, and is an integral green-space included in the masterplan for the regeneration. I wonder if the canal will become the much-loved heart of Kings Cross Central?
Here’s a few photos from our morning’s exploration – the area really is worth a visit.