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June 25, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

Regeneration of waterway sites = Future European economic growth

The King's Cross Filling Station by Carmody Groarke

Regeneration and redevelopment of inland waterway sites is important to future economic growth throughout Europe.

Waterways Forward project partners seek to improve the management and development of inland waterways; enhancing quality of life, bringing economic and social benefits to their regions to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.  With this in mind, policy recommendations which support the EU2020 agenda, are being drawn up by WF partners.

The WF partners want to encourage increased recognition in EU policies and initiatives to conserve waterside heritage and promote public access to waterways and regeneration of waterside building.  This will act as a driver for economic growth eg. through tourism and regeneration of waterways and waterfronts.

The area of  Kings Cross and the Regent’s Canal in London have been going through a period of regeneration linked to the redevelopment of the St Pancras Station and the surrounding district.  Architects have transformed an abandoned canal-side petrol station on the canal side into a temporary restaurant and events space.   The project brings a new social and cultural venue to King’s Cross overlooking the Regent’s Canal.   The design  creates spaces that are more attractive and comfortable in relation to the views and in the context of the canal-side site.

Carmody Groarke's The Filling Station project in King's Cross, London. Photography by Alvaro Menedez Ucelay

Conversion of a derelict petrol station in King’s Cross has created a new external public events space and diner-style restaurant overlooking the Regent’s Canal. The intervention of a 200m-long, fibre-glass screen  provides a protective enclosure of the new functions from the busy arterial roads, as well as a strong new identity for the site by day and by night.

The King's Cross Filling Station by Carmody Groarke


The King's Cross Filling Station by Carmody Groarke

Click to read full story:   Architects Carmody Groarke have transformed an abandoned canal-side petrol station in north London into a temporary restaurant and events space with fluted walls.

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