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Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross (2014)

Coal Drops Yard
Looking across a bridge between the two coal drops sheds. The western shed (pictured) has restaurants and retail units on both floor. In the background are retained gas holders, now housing apartments. Image: Struan Bates.

A couple of evening photos from the Coal Drops Yard redevelopment. I worked for a number of years at King’s Place on York Road, and witnessed the adjacent Granary Square transformation, though at the time the coal sheds shown in these images (built in 1851 and 1860 and used for storing coal from Yorkshire before it was transported on Regent’s Canal) lay boarded-up and abandoned after their later use as warehouses and nightclubs.

Coal Drops Yard
Units along one side of the eastern shed. Image: Struan Bates.

The wider development of the area continues apace, and appears successful, with one’s attention still largely drawn to the architecture over the former coal sheds’ commercial occupants. The Granary Square development in particular also has a very different feel in the daytime, attracting more families to the canal steps and fountains.

The whole King’s Cross development has not been without controversy, however, with questions raised over affordable housing and ‘pseudo-public spaces’.

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