Midland Goods Shed


Location: King’s Cross, London

Client: Davis Langdon – An AECOM Company

Architect: Bennetts Associates Architects

Date: 2012 – 2015

Cost of the Scheme: £100,000

The Midland Goods Shed and East Handyside canopy are undesignated structures within the curtilage of the listed Grade II Granary building. The Midland Goods Shed was built by the Great Northern Railway (GNR) in 1850. It served as a temporary passenger terminal while the current King’s Cross station was being built. Once King’s Cross station was completed, it became a goods shed and a three story annex was added at its southern end. The name the Midland Goods Shed survived even though the shed was subsequently used for warehousing.

Project Proposal:

Proposal for development of the existing building into a new development containing retail, back of house, plant areas and a cookery school.

Scope of Professional Services:

Heritage Architecture Ltd was commissioned to do the following:

Characterisation Appraisal

Assessment of the site and its historic context, in compliance with NPPF. Our assessment will describe the site location and context, with particular focus on the relationship with the wider site area and the relevant Conservation Areas.

Historical Appraisal and Morphological Plans of the Building

We will undertake limited additional historic research and compile background information regarding the building and architects in local and national archives for published and primary sources, where available. We will produce morphological plans of the buildings which will identify remaining historic fabric and the development of the building. The drawings will utilise the information from the additional research undertaken and from our detailed site inspections.

Significance Assessment on the Building Fabric

We will assess the significance of the existing building fabric identifying constraints and opportunities in heritage terms.

NPPF Justification Statement

We will assess the potential impact of the proposed design upon the historic fabric of building, based on schedules of works provided by others.

Management of Heritage Process, Meetings and Conservation Advice

We will contribute to the final Design & Access Statement produced by others. We will assist with weaving all the independently produced documents into a coherent narrative, clearly articulating how the later has informed the design process.