Historic King’s Cross buildings to become pub and restaurant

David Morley Architects has won planning for a new Jamie Oliver pub and restaurant in two historic buildings in King’s Cross.

The 1,600sq m project will see the refurbishment of the Fish & Coal buildings and Wharf Road Arches overlooking Regent’s Canal.

The Fish & Coal buildings were built in the 1850s and 1860s for clerical workers associated with the coal trade and were later used by staff administering the distribution of fish arriving at King’s Cross station. They were gutted by fire in 1983 but have been used for events.

The Wharf Road Arches provided stabling for the horses which took goods on to their final destination. In the 1990s they were home to The Cross nightclub but have been unused since it closed down in 2007.

The western end of the Fish & Coal building will be converted into a pub, with a new roof conservatory and an outdoor roof terrace overlooking the canal.

The upper floors will become a creative centre for the Jamie Oliver Group, while the lower level arches will form part of the new restaurant.

Camden council also approved plans for a new viaduct space, eventually linking to Coal Drops Yard and Gasholder Park and landscaped by Dan Pearson.

The project is due for completion in 2016.