Spanning 67 acres, the development to the north of Kings Cross Station, this development will bring an additional 45,000 people to the area, including business people, students and 6,000 residents. New office and retail space will bring businesses to the area, and station expansion means this transport hub will become twice as busy as Heathrow Airport, with direct links to Europe, Scotland, and six Underground lines.
Camden is just a short walk down the canal, and the new Central St Martin’s campus brings young artists and creatives to influence the culture of this blank canvas. Already, Granary Square, with its distinctive fountains, buzzes with nightlife.
The development is set to be completed in 2015, with many Londoners already making it their home.
A new church presence
The development sits on an Area boundary, within the Parish of Old St Pancras. St Andrew, Thornhill Square, Holy Cross, Cromer Street and Kings Cross Church are nearby, as well as a station chaplaincy, and churches of a wide variety of other denominations.
For two years at the beginning of the programme, the Revd Preb John Hawkins was appointed as Bishop’s Missioner, to work with existing ministries to develop local expressions of community outreach to people in the new development. At the end of this initial scoping role, the parish has appointed a Community Worker, Christopher Dingwall-Jones, to continue these projects. It is hoped that he will soon be joined by a permanent Priest Missioner.
The steering group continues to plan towards establishing a long term presence on the site.