Join Heatherwick Studio’s Tamsin Green for an exploration of Coal Drops Yard, a landmark new canal-side shopping complex in King’s Cross.
Project architect Tamsin Green will lead a special behind-the-scenes tour of the project which links together two Victorian hoppers with a flowing roof creating a new floating upper storey and covered outdoor space.
Originally built to unload coal from trains onto barges for local distribution, the iconic buildings later played a key role in London’s night clubbing culture before being absorbed into the enormous £3 billion King’s Cross regeneration.
Heatherwick Studio’s 100,000 sqft scheme has transformed the Grade II-listed structures into an instantly recognisable public space blending gritty industrial history with the chic demands of upwardly mobile urbanity.
The evening tour will delve into details behind the design and construction of Coal Drops Yard and explore King’s Cross, an area that has been home to the celebrated architecture and design studio for nearly twenty years.
Situated at the intersection of road, river, and rail, King’s Cross has a rich and colourful heritage that is still evident today through buildings dating from the industrial area as well as the urban makeup of streets and alleys. More recently, the area has been successfully transformed through the inventive reuse of buildings such as The Granary to serve new purposes.
Starting at Granary Square, Tamsin will lead a tour that will explore places ranging in scale and character. The walk will conclude nearby Coal Drops Yard, the studio’s transformation of two historic coal drops buildings built in the 1850s into a new retail quarter and publicly accessible space.