Waitrose has confirmed it will move into the 29,000 sq ft Midland Goods Shed at King’s Cross after CN revealed earlier this month that Kier had beaten Bam Construct and Carillion to the £18m job.
In the first retailer deal at King’s Cross, Waitrose will move into the Midland Goods Shed and East Handyside Canopy in Spring 2015, pending funding and planning approval.
The scheme will feature a 29,000sq ft gross food and wine shop and a 3,000sq ft cookery school at the Grade II listed building. The development is expected to create 170 jobs.
Applications for planning approval and listed building consent are likely to be submitted in May and construction is expected to start in late 2013.
Argent acts as asset manager on the site for the developer the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership. Commenting on the deal, Argent partner Richard Meier said: “We are creating a truly mixed-use development and this supermarket will become an everyday attraction both for the residents, students, workers and visitors already on site, as well as the wider local community.
“King’s Cross is becoming a retail and restaurant destination and this Waitrose shop will create a fantastic shopping experience with real character located within the restored Grade II listed buildings.”
Bennetts Associates architects have been appointed to restore and convert the building and structure for the John Lewis-owned Waitrose chain, and will also create 25,000sq ft of office space alongside the store.
The 68,000 sq ft Midland Goods Shed had been pegged for redevelopment into “offices, shops or cultural space” by KCCLP, including the introduction of an additional floor in the main section of the warehouse.
The goods shed was built by the Great Northern Railway in 1850 and served as a temporary passenger terminal while the current King’s Cross station was being built.