King’s Cross walking tour - Saturday 8 May 2021 10am
Join Open House for a socially-distanced 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 socially-distanced 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.
Using guide-led live audio and image sharing, participants will use their smart phones to follow the tour which 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 Vinoteca King's Cross, 3 King's Blvd London N1C 4BU. Duration 2.5 hours approx. Tour ends at Granary Square.
Cost £12.50 / £9.50 concessions. (students/unemployed/furloughed) enter code CONCESSION for concession price at the shop page check out)
This is an in person tour led by your guide who is with you for the duration of the tour. Participants must bring a fully charged smart phone with internet connection, downloaded Zoom in advance of the tour, bring headphones; and remember to stay at least two metres apart from each other where required. Zoom joining info will be sent out to all bookers the week before the tour. Get in touch with Adrianna at email@example.com with any queries.
Please note: our tours go ahead rain or shine...
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.
Please note: Due to the continually changing situation tours may have to be rescheduled at late notice. In the event your tour date is cancelled, you may be provided with a replacement audio and printed tour or the opportunity to book onto a rescheduled date, book onto another tour or held in credit (with no expiry date).