After decades of neglect the refurbishment of the Kings Cross Lighthouse Building seems to be underway. Hoardings are changing as Mansell/Balfour Beatty take over to deliver the site for UK Real Estate. A works canteen/welfare section and an architects office has gone into the old hair dressing suppliers on Kings Cross Bridge (thanks to Chris for tipping me off). It seems from the photo that Mansell are going to create a loading bay on the South side of the Pentonville Road.
It is just going to be hard to service this site, which is essentially a traffic island. But local people will all need to remain vigilant for lorries slowing to turn into or pulling out of this bay lest it adds to the considerable danger of the Pentonville Road/York Way junction for all road users especially cyclists, other two-wheelers and pedestrians. The worst result will be deliveries being unable to pull into the bay for any reason and suddenly stopping in mid flow or being in the wrong lane on approach and having to make a sudden adjustment to avoid ‘going around’ the gyratory. Mansell/Balfour Beatty will need to get their best banksman team onto this and brief all delivery drivers. I have asked Balfour for a comment but they haven’t got back to me.
The plans for the building are sympathetic, retaining the heritage facade and lighthouse and adding a ‘whaleback’ behind the lighthouse. See planning applications for The Lighthouse Block 283-297 Pentonville Road and 370-380 Grays Inn Road London N1. The whaleback will be transparent in this CGI . In the public interest of understanding the proposal I have included the drawing below which takes an age to download from the Camden site.
No 2008/5358/P on the Camden site is the root planning permission.
‘Demolition of existing ground plus three storey building with retention and refurbishment of the facades and “lighthouse” structure at 285-297 Pentonville Road and 372-380 Gray’s Inn Road; erection of a 5-storey building, partly behind retained facades, to provide either retail or restaurant uses (Class A1 or A3) at ground floor level, supporting services located at basement level, and Class B1 offices on the 1st- 5th floors; creation of retail ‘kiosk’ units at ground floor of 283 Pentonville Road and 370 Gray’s Inn Road; rebuilding and alterations to 283 Pentonville Road and 370 Grays Inn Road and the replacement of all shopfronts at ground floor level’
There is an interesting historic buildings survey among the document set.