Urban designers wanted for King’s Cross scheme

Urban and landscape designers are being sought for the development of a public square at King’s Cross, London.


Urban and landscape designers are being sought for the development of a public square at King’s Cross, London.


Camden Council and landowner Network Rail are currently seeking expressions of interest from architects, landscape architects and urban designers to design a 7000m2 square facing King’s Cross’ historic Grade-I listed façade.


The square will be able to accommodate up to 100 000 commuters on a daily basis.


Camden Council and Network Rail have appointed project management group Malcolm Reading Consultants to manage the international, two-stage design competition, which has been announced in both the Official Journal of the European Union and on a dedicated competition website, www.malcolmreading.co.uk/kingsxsquare.


The budget for the project is expected to reach up to £6m.


The first stage of the competition will involve the submission of expressions of interest and credentials by the beginning of August.


A shortlist of six groups will then be chosen to work up concept propositions, for which an honorarium of £6000 will be paid.


Final decisions will be made by a technical panel, which is due to meet in early December.


The competition is being managed by Malcolm Reading in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects competitions office.


The deadline for stage one submissions is 1 August.

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