Planning granted for pedestrian bridge at King's Cross

26 October 2020
  • Moxon Architects
  • Moxon Architects

Moxon Architects



United Kingdom

Design by Moxon Architects given go-ahead by Camden Council

Camden Council have approved plans for a new pedestrian bridge at King’s Cross, London, spanning the Regent’s Canal and linking Pancras Square with the new shopping and dining district of Coal Drops Yard. Moxon Architects, working with engineers Arup, designed the bridge for the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP), which is transforming approximately 67 acres of former railway lands to the north of King's Cross and St Pancras mainline stations.

Following the restoration and reopening of Coal Drops Yard in 2018, the bridge represents the final step of reinstating the heritage of this part of the site. The original bridge was constructed circa 1821 and was used to transport coal to the Goods Yard, until it was taken down in the 1920s when rail freight went into decline. The new 25m long bridge was inspired by the area’s industrial past, including the previous structure and others along the canal. Moxon Architects also responded to the needs of the modern-day community, improving access to Coal Drops Yard and its amenities for office workers and visitors alike. 

The prominent structure will be made primarily of painted carbon steel with a simple yet expressive truss form. A bold red colour and integrated lighting highlights its form while complementing the colouration of the neighbouring cityscape. In this way, the designers expect the bridge to serve as a wayfinding element within the wider urban context. For special events, the lighting will change colour, while the bridge will serve as a balcony for live events, creating a new vantage point for experiencing the canal below and the seasonal activities on the adjacent Granary Square steps.

Ezra Groskin, Associate at Moxon said: “The focus on public realm at King’s Cross draws visitors to the spaces between buildings as much as the buildings themselves and helping to link these spaces has been our task. The new bridge will create a clear connection over the Regent's Canal, further demonstrating a commitment to quality, design and appropriateness. Inspired by the area's industrial heritage the bridge's articulation is expressive and sculptural, innovative and delightful.​”

Lucy Nordberg
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