City Crit: King's Cross with Allies and Morrison

Join Bob Allies and Antje Saunders to discover the masterplan behind the regeneration of King's Cross

Starts:

02:00pm, Saturday, 9 February 2019

Until:

03:30pm, Saturday, 9 February 2019

Tour Guides:

Bob Allies

Bob Allies

Antje Saunders

Antje Saunders

 

 

Duration: 1.5 hrs

Time: 2 - 3.30pm

Getting There: Kings Cross Underground Station

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Allies and Morrison will lead a series of special City Crits around London to explore and juxtapose three different approaches to urban transformation in London. This first tour will look at King's Cross and how a single owner-developer has curated the development of a large central London site resulting in one of the most successful regeneration projects of our time. 

Once cut off from the city and a long undesirable address, King’s Cross has over the last few years undergone a dramatic transformation. Playing a long-term stewardship role, a single developer, Argent, has been responsible for the delivery of the 24-hectare site. Its masterplan by Allies and Morrison with Porphyrios Associates, now more than 50 per cent built out, has helped to carefully open up one of the UK’s most significant industrial heritage sites, knitting it into the surrounding urban fabric through a mix of uses and a network of public spaces.  

This tour will explain the thought process behind the masterplan, delving into the concepts that underpin both new and the restored buildings as well as the routes and open spaces that connect them to the surrounding neighbourhoods. The tour will trace some of the most important achievements of the masterplan as well as explaining some of the infrastructural complexities underpinning the site.

Tour Guides:

Bob Allies
Bob founded Allies and Morrison with Graham Morrison in 1984. An Architect, Bob speaks widely and internationally about design, cities and placemaking. He has been a lecturer at the University of Cambridge and has held visiting professorships at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Bath and the University of Maryland. He has served on the Council of the Architectural Association and the Faculty of the British School in Rome, the Mayor of London’s Mayor’s Design Advisory Group and is currently chair of the South-east Design Review Panel. He co-edited the book Fabric of Place, which was published in 2014 and in 2016, he was awarded an OBE for services to architecture.

Antje Saunders
Antje is an associate director at Allies and Morrison. She has worked on a number of the practice’s key regeneration projects, most notably the Olympic Legacy Communities Masterplan, where she was responsible for the overall masterplan co-ordination and the design of a number of legacy neighbourhoods. She has been involved in a range of masterplans from residential regeneration at Gascoigne Estate in Barking to a major mixed-use piece of city at King’s Cross Central. Her expertise is in defining and negotiating the spatial and organisational relationships between strategically placed open spaces, buildings and the people who use them.

[images: Photograph by John Sturrock for King's Cross Partnership]