Discovering King’s Cross industrial history

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Christian Davies led a group of ’empathy walkers’ to discover the almost hidden industrial history of Kings Cross on the second Empathy Walk that took place on Saturday 20th of July. Behind cranes, newly built iconic architectures and lively public spaces that are part of the regeneration process of Kings Cross, another scenario exists. This is what was unveiled by Christian, who works as an architectural model maker and is based on the area amidst the industrial heritage that is ‘threatened’ by the new development.

Behind cranes, newly built iconic architectures and lively public spaces that are part of the regeneration process of Kings Cross, another very different scenario exists. This is what was unveiled by Christian, who works as an architectural model maker and is based on the area amidst the industrial heritage that is ‘threatened’ by new development.

Like many others areas in London and other cities worldwide, industrial uses are being pushed outside of central urban areas. This has its pros and cons since new development can regenerate central areas, but nonetheless, pushing industrial businesses aside can impact on social, economic and environmental sustainability. It is important to identify ways in which redevelopment and industrial uses can exist side by side, and this is what has been explored by an alternative Neighbourhood Plan in Kings Cross. Proposals for regenerating the area while keeping the industrial uses on ground floor aim to maintain the history of the area as an ‘industrial hub’ and safeguard related jobs while allowing the new to emerge. Further information about the Neighbourhood Plan can be found on: http://cssz.london/

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