King's Cross Central
King's Cross Central (also known as the “King's Cross Opportunity Area”) is one of the most significant sites of development and regeneration in Central London.
The information below provides background information about King’s Cross Central; details of major projects that have been completed to date and information about the employment and training opportunities that have been created for residents within the local community.
Where is King's Cross Central located?
King’s Cross Central covers 54 hectares (134 acres) of land in total and contains many buildings of architectural or historic interest and other features like the Camley Street Natural Park.
The site is bordered by Euston Road and the two main line stations of St Pancras and King's Cross to the south, the North London Line to the north, York Way to the east and the main train lines from St Pancras to the west. The Regent's Canal runs east to west through the middle of the area.
The majority of the site lies within the London Borough of Camden; however, to the north east there is a related development site that is in the London Borough of Islington. This is generally referred to as the 'Triangle'.
Who owns the land?
London & Continental Railways (LCR) took full ownership of most of the King's Cross Central site when the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) became operational in 2007.
Exel is the other principal landowner, while British Waterways control the Regent's Canal which flows through the site. LCR and Exel have appointed Argent and St George as their site development partners.
How is development controlled?
The following documents and policies guide the development of King's Cross Central:
- our Local Development Framework
- Unitary Development Plan (London Borough of Islington)
- Mayor’s London Plan - sets out guidelines for how London should grow and change
- Kings Cross Conservation Area Statement
- Regent's Canal Conservation Area Statement
- download: King's Cross Opportunity Area Planning and Development Brief (PDF 4MB) - guidance about what we want to see included in the future development of the area and sets out issues that developers should address
- King’s Cross Code of Construction Practice (CoCP) - sets out the principles that must be adhered to during construction in order to minimise any adverse impacts, such as noise and dust
The King's Cross Development Forum was set up to allow community groups and people who live and work in King's Cross (both in Camden and Islington) to have their say on the development process and help shape the future of the area.
For up-to-date meeting notes and information, please visit the King's Cross Development Forum website
If you would like to represent your community group or to find out more information about the forum, please contact Robert Milne (Honorary Secretary of the Forum).
What major projects have been completed to date?
The following major projects have been completed to date:
- Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL)
- St. Pancras Station
What employment and training opportunities have been created for the local community?
King’s Cross Construction (KXC) - our construction training and recruitment centre – opened in 2004 in partnership with Carillion Construction Training, Jobcentre Plus and Camden Jobtrain
Since opening its doors, KXC has registered over 5,000 people with the majority coming from Camden and Islington, 2000 training places have been created and over 2,500 construction related qualifications have been achieved.
The training offered at KXC includes:
- a Princes Trust training course offering an introduction to the construction industry
- entry level courses in construction funded by Jobcentre Plus
- a variety of NVQ and bespoke courses
In addition to the above training, KXC is an accredited test centre for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and the online basic skills test. The CSCS test is offered free to all unemployed Camden and Islington residents interested in a career in the construction industry.
KXC also offers information, advice and guidance to residents of Camden and Islington who are looking for construction jobs. This includes providing:
- job readiness workshops
- one-to-one support
- interview skills training and post employment support
- a job brokering service matching suitable candidates to current vacancies
- contractors and sub-contractors that KXC currently work with include Argent, HBG, Kier, Carillion, Apollo, Bovis and British Land