King’s Cross Square officially opened yesterday, marking the completion of the £550m development of King’s Cross station

Designed by architects Stanton Williams, the new 75,000 sq ft square is the final part of the redevelopment of King’s Cross station and follows the renovation of the original station building and its platforms and the construction of the new western concourse, which opened to passengers in March 2012.

The demolition of the 1970s concourse and the creation of King’s Cross Square in its place means the Grade 1 listed station’s full historic façade can be seen for the first time for 150 years.

Early morning commuters were welcomed to the new square by Victorian-themed ‘living statues’ who entertained people in the space, giving a nod to the station’s heritage in what is London’s newest public open space.