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King's Cross square architect named

Stanton Williams chosen to design new public space as part of station renovation

By Pete Hayman

Plans drawn up by architects Stanton Williams have been chosen for a new public square as part of Network Rail's £500m redevelopment of King's Cross station. The London-based firm was

selected after holding off more than 100 architects and urban design practices who submitted designs for the project, which will create one of the capital's largest public squares. Network Rail has set aside

around £6m for the 7,000sq m (75,347sq ft) public square, which is due for completion in 2013 and will be able to accommodate up to 100,000 rail passengers each day. Stanton Williams will work

with architect John McAslan and Partners and contractors Vinci, Kier, Arup and Carillion as part of Network Rail's King's Cross project team.

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The square will provide a new open space in front of the station

Alan Stanton of Stanton

Williams said: "The design will address the challenge of integrating the legacy of existing structures on the site to create an environment which functions seamlessly for the public and makes an important contribution to the regenera- tion of the surrounding area." Victoria Pender, Network Rail

group director and judging panel member, said: "Network

Preston scheme handed backing

By Pete Hayman

A proposed £700m scheme to transform Preston city centre, has received the support of Lancashire County Council's (LCC) three main party leaders. According to the Lancashire

Evening Post, an open letter from Conservative council leader Geoff Driver, Labour's Jennifer Mein and Charlie Briggs of the Liberal Democrats have signalled their backing for the Tithebarn development. The newspaper quoted the

letter as saying: "The develop- ment would be located in Preston city centre, a highly sustainable location, where strong rail and bus networks are already in place, a new

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Plans are subject to an inquiry

transport interchange is planned, with green travel plans limiting the impact of new car-borne traffic." A new cinema, cafés, bars

and a new bus station are included as part of the project, which was approved by Preston City Council but will now be subject to a public inquiry.

Rail's redevelopment of the station will transform King's Cross and provide a wonderful gateway to London for everyone who uses the station." Rachel Stopard, Camden

Council director for culture and environment, added: "The new square will not only form an integral part of the redevelop- ment of King's Cross, making it one of the largest public squares in London."

Council backs Chatham plans

Medway Council has approved plans for the latest phase of a scheme designed to transform the centre of Chatham, Kent. The council's cabinet

backed proposals setting out the development opportunities that will lead to the town's High Street and Best Street areas being revamped. A masterplan for the

town centre regeneration outlines plans for the construction of new retail space, as well as an extension to the town's Central Theatre in order to provide new backstage facilities and a café.

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Group, has applied to extend its planning permission for a major leisure project in Bournemouth, Dorset. Restaurants, a casino and rooftop gardens are being proposed as part of the Pavilion Gardens scheme at Westover Road, which has been held up due to unforeseen circumstances. Ongoing negotiations over a land swap between Bournemouth Borough Council and the Meyrick Estate, which owns the site, have prevented work from starting on the scheme.

Portsmouth greyhound venue closes

A greyhound racing stadium in

Portsmouth, Hampshire, has closed in order to make way for a major regeneration scheme after the venue's lease was not renewed. Site owners South East England Development Agency and Tipner Regeneration Land are proposing a mixed-use scheme near the M275 motorway. The venue was bought by the two groups from the Greyhound Racing Association two years ago before being leased back for a fixed period that expired on 1 April 2010.

Living Legend homes plans dismissed

The States of Jersey's planning

and environment department has rejected plans for a new housing project on the site of the Living Legend attraction in St Peter. Revised proposals submitted by site owner, the Lewis family, in January, would have seen the tourist attraction demolished in order to make way for 65 new homes. Initial plans for the Living Legend site, which boasts a karting complex and two adventure golf courses, were first mooted in summer 2008 due to a fall in tourism.

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