King’s Cross walking tour - Saturday 11 June 2022 10amRegular price £14.50
Join Open City for a walking tour exploring King’s Cross — London’s newest showcase of contemporary architecture and design.
This insightful walking tour around King’s Cross Central— led by expert guide Nick Edwards — tells the story of the multi-billion regeneration project which has transformed 27 hectares of former railway land in the centre of the capital.
The walk will cover the planning, design and delivery of this new large-scale mixed-use district which is now home to Central St Martins College of Art and Aga Khan Development Network along with big tech media companies such as Facebook, Google and Universal Music.
Providing a safe and fun way for enthusiastic urbanists to explore the city in our pandemic era, this walking tour is part of a new series responding to the core themes of the Open House festival and wider Open City programme.
Masterplanned by Porphyrios Associates and Allies and Morrison, the district features an extraordinary variety of contemporary architectural talents including Niall McLaughlin Architects, David Chipperfield Architects, Coffey Architects, Eric Parry Architects, dRMM and Mossessian Architecture.
Landmark buildings featuring on the tour include Stanton Williams’ Granary Building, the Aga Khan Centre by Fumihiko Maki, Wilkinson Eyre’s Gasholders London, R7 office block by Duggan Morris, Bell Phillips’ competition-winning Gasholder Park and Heatherwick Studio’s iconic Coal Drops Yard.
This tour will examine the success of the project to date while also looking ahead to what the future for King’s Cross might hold.
Meet: Outside German Gymnasium Grand Café 1 King's Blvd N1C 4BU. Duration 2.5 hours approx. Tour ends at Granary Square.
This tour does not incorporate the use of Zoom.
Nick Edwards is an architectural educator and change driver with 20 years experience creating innovative participation opportunities which encourage greater understanding of architecture, regeneration, planning, placemaking, active citizenship and sustainability.
Since studying architecture, Nick has spent most of his career working in formal and informal education demystifying built environment processes, changing perceptions and advocating for the role that communities can play in shaping and caring for their neighbourhoods. He joined the Open City team in February 2021.