King’s Cross Coal Drops

04 - King's Cross Coal Drops

The news re go-ahead for the coal drops at the old King’s Cross goods yard seemed like a good time for me to dig out pics of the goods yard in early 2000’s just before major re-development began.

The photos clearly show how the coal drops were once, and just how much of these will be removed in the new plans. Conservationists are against the plans.

The Victorian Society says: ‘It is an innovative response to a desire for more space… the proposals pay no respect to the listed status of the Eastern Coal Drops, disfiguring the roofscape to the degree of substantial harm.’

Heatherwick plans for King's Cross coal drops: Source Standard
Heatherwick plans for King’s Cross coal drops: Source Standard
Same view 14 years earlier showing just how much of the coal drops will be removed
Same view 14 years earlier showing just how much of the coal drops will be removed
A major part of these coal drops will be removed for the new King's Cross shopping arcade
A major part of these coal drops will be removed for the new King’s Cross shopping arcade
The buildings seen at right in the Heatherwick plans will be much modified - half of its roof will be raised to meet that of the other side - like two slugs as some say!
The buildings seen at right in Heatherwick’s plan will be much modified – half the roof will be raised to meet that of the other side – like two slugs as some say!

Note: It seems quite possible that the removal of so much of the arches will ironically restrict just how much disabled people will be able to use the upper levels in the Heatherwick approved plans.

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