New Jamie Oliver pub and restaurant wins planning
David Morley Architects has won planning for a new Jamie Oliver pub and restaurant in two historic buildings in King’s Cross.
The 1,600sq m project will see the refurbishment of the Fish and Coal Buildings and Wharf Road Arches overlooking Regent’s Canal.
The Fish and Coal Buildings were built in the 1850s and 1860s for clerical workers associated with the coal trade and were later used by staff administering the distribution of fish arriving at King’s Cross station. They were gutted by fire in 1983 but have been used for events.
The Wharf Road Arches provided stabling for the horses which took goods on to their final destination. In the 1990s they were home to The Cross nightclub but have been unused since it closed down in 2007.
The western end of the Fish & Coal Buildings will be converted into a pub, with a new roof conservatory and an outdoor roof terrace overlooking the canal.
The upper floors will become a creative centre for the Jamie Oliver Group, while the lower level arches will form part of the new restaurant.
David Morley, partner at David Morley Architects, said: ‘The Fish and Coal Buildings have amazing potential, overlooking the Regent’s Canal on one side and Granary Square on the other. Each of the five blocks is
different - the heights vary, the floor levels don’t line through, some are curved and some are tapering as well.
‘Because the buildings have so much character already, the design approach adopts a light touch, opening up the interior and resolving all of the complex level changes, but leaving much of the fabric as found.
‘We have then proposed a few bold contemporary interventions which will transform the flexibility of the buildings and give an outward expression to the process of regeneration.’
The project is due for completion in 2016.