Local council gives thumbs up to Network Rail's plans for the redevelopment of King's Cross station

Network Rail’s £400m plan to redevelop King’s Cross station has been approved by Camden Borough Council.

Kings Cross
Plans are to uncover the Grade-I listed façade

The decision means 10m additional passengers will pass through its gates every year. Network Rail plans to triple the size of the concourse area, and cover it with a glass and aluminium roof.

The development will also see the construction of a £6m piazza and a £15m platform to accommodate trains during the rush hour. The original Grade-I listed southern façade of the station, designed by Lewis Cubitt in 1851, will be uncovered for the first time since 1972.

The project is part of the wider regeneration of the area masterplanned by Allies & Morrison. The station’s designs were by A&M and Demetri Porphyrios.

Deputy chief executive of Network Rail Ian Coucher said: “We will produce a station which takes renewed pride in its rich history, while introducing excellent modern features to give a stamp of 21st century design.”

Work is due to begin in the next few months, with completion anticipated in time for the 2012 Olympics.