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Public Realm Strategy

King's Cross

Public Realm Strategy

Lucy Musgrave (as co-Director of General Public Agency) was commissioned by developer Argent to undertake a series of strategy reports identifying and analysing the spatial, social and cultural characteristics of the neighbourhoods surrounding King’s Cross, in order to inform the development of the masterplan and the ongoing masterplanning process for the area. The collaboration ran for two years and culminated in the delivery of a strategy and programme schedule for every public space in the new development. 

Thorough early analysis of leisure provision, open green space and play space in the wider area suggested opportunities for connecting the development site into the surrounding urban fabric. A number of threads of this wider area analysis were developed in further detail, resulting in a Play and Art Strategy, an Open Space & Leisure Analysis Report, a Primary School Study and a study of Handyside Gardens. Play emerged as an important theme and was proposed as a cross-generational activity with the potential to define a singular design strategy for the full landscape of the development. 

The project resulted in the identification of an appropriate location for a new primary school, a new park on the eastern side of the masterplan area, the closure and removal of roads and the creation of a series of ‘urban home zones’. It additionally helped to identify ways in which the development could successfully integrate with existing local communities.

 

 

  • Title: King’s Cross Public Realm Strategy
  • Location: London Borough of Camden, London
  • Year: 2003–2005
  • Client: Argent LLP