‘Final piece of jigsaw’ for King’s Cross facelift wins council approval

A mock-up of what Building W3 will look like. Image: Islington Council

The next phase of the King’s Cross Central development has been approved by Islington Council’s planning committee.

The third building on the Triangle Site on York Way, or W3, is envisaged as three storeys, with a gym in the basement, a cafe, retail units and a nursery.

The building represents one of the final steps in the over decade-long revamp of King’s Cross, which has been jointly overseen by planning departments at Camden and Islington councils.

The two Town Halls were at loggerheads back in 2007, when Camden approved outline planning permission for its side of the site but Islington rejected it over an “unacceptable” amount of affordable housing.

Islington’s decision was appealed and permission was subsequently granted by Labour’s then housing secretary Hazel Blears MP in 2008.

Cllr Paul Convery (Lab, Caledonian) said: “I’m very supportive of this. This standalone building is the final piece of the jigsaw, and is one of those things which will help to animate what is presently a barren wilderness.”