This important catalyst project triggered the whole of the Kings Cross redevelopment; one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe.
The assessment and refurbishment of the five-storey Victorian granary together with the transit sheds of the original Kings Cross Station. The refurbishment was part of an overall development by Argent to provide offices for themselves, The University of Central St Martins, as well as local shops and restaurants.
The development consisted of a central core of new structure by BAM Construction as well as the reworking of the masonry buildings that formed the original structures.
Of particular interest was the 4m of fill that the Victorians put in to bring the ground up to platform level, and at that time they also created the Regent Canal, essential for the distribution of grain, brought by rail from the Lincolnshire corn fields, to be distributed by barge to the bakeries of London.
The design of the Granary was by Cubitt and incorporated stables in the basement, cast iron columns, wrought iron beams, and extensions of the canal to allow barges into the building.