Heatherwick Studio’s Coal Drop Yards Slated for October 2018 Opening

A new gabled roof will serve as part of the unification of the two historic volumes. Image courtesy Hufton + Crow.

Coal Drop Yards, the forthcoming King’s Cross shopping and dining hub is slated for introduction in London in October. Led by Thomas Heatherwick, the project comprises the full repurposing of two derelict heritage rail buildings from the 1850s. The two Victorian coal drops have now been unified into a continuous structure, outfitted with a new upper level and inner gabled roofs within the warehouses. The transformed structure will host 65 units of varying sizes with five larger anchors that open to the central public square that will be canopied in order to double as an event space.

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“My studio has been based in King’s Cross for over 17 years, so it’s been an enormous privilege to reinvent such a locally significant site,” Heatherwick said in a statement. “These extraordinary buildings were first built in 1850 and have lived an unusually rich past, first serving as infrastructure, then warehousing and offices. To most people, they are famous for having hosted nightclubs for over a decade. We believed there was an opportunity to celebrate the heritage of the existing structures rather than destroy them.”

Images courtesy MIR.