It’s always nice to read about a new bridge over the Regent’s Canal – the last one built to connect Camley Street Nature Reserve with Gasholder Park made us quite cheery, in fact.
This latest might, at first glance, sound a little indulgent. Designed by Moxon Architects (and this week approved by Camden Council), it links Pancras Square with Coal Drops Yard and so will save, oh approximately five minutes’ walk around the existing bridge into Granary Square. But, with central London’s shopping thoughfares all struggling, perhaps it’ll be the boost it so desperately needs.
It makes more sense too when you learn the history: the bridge represents the final step of reinstating the heritage of this part of the site, belatedly replacing that constructed in 1821 in exactly the same position on the canal.
Used to transport coal to the Goods Yard, the original bridge was taken down in the 1920s, when rail freight went into decline and it was no longer needed for transportation purposes.
The new 25m long pedestrian crossing has been inspired by the industrial past of the King’s Cross, with the architects carefully ensuring it complements its historical context, while, of course, improving access to Coal Drops Yard and its amenities.
We like the bold red colour, while integrated lighting will highlight its form, and change hues, creating an attractive focal point.
And during live events the bridge will serve as a handy balcony, creating a new vantage point for experiencing the canal below, as well as the seasonal activities on the adjacent Granary Square steps (should these all ever resume). So actually it sounds like a really useful bridge, after all.
The bridge will open next year TBC. Follow @kingscrossN1C