The Guardian seems to love Kings Cross. Based on the North-Eastern side, they must be happy. Long gone are the echoes that once it was the building it occupies, Kings Place that was once called a construction monster by many locals, set along the old Kings Cross boat harbour. But now with so many other high rise buildings you would not notice. Kings Place seems to blend in with all the rest.
What impression you get from Kings Cross very much depends which exit you choose. We compare the two furthest Southern and Northern exist of Kings Cross / St. Pancras and wonder if the difference is symbolic?
Take a look:
Most Northern Exit prides two escalators, well done tiling, and glass wall. There is also an escalator for those unable to take to the stairs.
The a Lightwall with great metallic features greets you as you walk along. All parts are clean and well polished.
As you walk out towards the up-most Southern exit the tile work is unbearably bad. The tiles are also dirty with stains that appear to be there since the exist has opened. The metal work is unpolished and dirty. In some areas there is visible damage.
The floor is badly maintained and appears shabby. There are no escalators and no lifts on this side of Euston Road, not even a German style two-way escalator.
The definite end of Kings Cross development? Compared to the other side with its bright pavement stones, pedestrianized areas, food stores, South of Euston Road looks rather deprived sad and grey.