King's Cross Gasholder Park Plans Approved

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 51 months ago
King's Cross Gasholder Park Plans Approved
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All good things come to those who wait. In this case, nearly five years for a park inside a King's Cross gasholder and the waiting is only for planning permission. Ice ages have passed faster.

Last week Camden council finally gave the go-ahead for the project, which will turn Gasholder No.8 into a 270,000m2 park with a space for events and a stainless steel canopy (a very shiny one if the renderings are any indication of reality). It sounds like a fantastic new public space by Camley Street Natural Park and St Pancras Basin, though we're still a bit stroppy that the giant playground idea didn't win.

If you're still wondering what the hell took so long, the gasholder had to be taken down from its original site just outside St Pancras and King's Cross stations because of redevelopment work, and was taken to Yorkshire for restoration before being rebuilt back in London. The park is expected to be open for visitors in 2015.

Images from Bell Phillips Architects.

Last Updated 27 August 2014