330 Gray’s Inn Road
Welcome to the consultation website for the redevelopment of 330 Gray’s Inn Road. Here you can find information on Groveworld’s proposals for the redevelopment of the site of the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, which is now vacant following the relocation of services to a purpose-built facility on Huntley Street.
Ahead of the submission of a planning application to the London Borough of Camden later this autumn, the project team would very much like to hear your feedback on the updated proposals for this site, and more specifically, would like to hear more about your views on the management of the new routes and the composition and landscaping of the public realm element.
Access the updated consultation materials here.
As part of this stage of consultation, Groveworld’s Ross Jacobson and Philip Turner, the lead architect on the project, are on hand to provide you with a design update on the proposals for 330 Gray’s Inn Road.
The project team would like to thank those of you who joined them at the first stage of public consultation, which was held at the Calthorpe Project in February. Across the two days, a total of 67 people attended, with team members on hand to meet with locals, answer questions and talk through the proposals. We have also met with a number of local groups and spoken with residents and businesses in the time since.
First stage of consultation.
Groveworld, the developer of 330 Gray’s Inn Road, is overseeing the proposals of the now vacant hospital site. They have extensive experience working on complicated and restricted sites, having led on the masterplanning for the City Road Basin. This project transformed a formerly inward looking and inaccessible part of Islington. Three mixed use developments, including the award-winning Canaletto Tower, have been delivered here alongside new affordable homes, public realm and pedestrian routes.
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) are RIBA Stirling Prize winning architects that make buildings that are satisfying and enjoyable to use, beautiful to look at and easy to understand. They are the practice behind the Hawley Wharf masterplan which saw the transformation of a previously neglected part of Camden Town into a vibrant new destination whilst enhancing the inherent identity of the area.
Other members of the project team include:
City Road basin, public realm, Groveworld.
Hawley Wharf, AHMM.
The site within Camden
At 1.3 acres, 330 Gray’s Inn Road is a deceptively large site whose western boundary fronts prominently onto Gray’s Inn Road with a recognisable facade. To the north of the site is the characterful Wicklow Street and Swinton Street is located to the south. To the east, 330 Gray’s Inn Road is abutted by a railway line.
The site benefits from being within a short walking distance to King’s Cross Station and is serviced by local bus connections on Gray’s Inn Road and King’s Cross Road. It is categorised as having a PTAL 6B rating (Public Transport Accessibility Level), the highest achievable level.
The site falls within the Knowledge Quarter which represents a collection of over 100 organisations and spaces dedicated to innovation and collaborative working. This area supports cultural, research, scientific, business and academic institutions, such as the Francis Crick Institute and the British Library. 330 Grays’s Inn Road also falls within the King’s Cross Conservation Area, which covers areas including St Pancras Gardens, King’s Cross and St Pancras stations, Euston Road and Gray’s Inn Road.
Red line boundary of 330 Gray’s Inn Road site, bought by Groveworld in 2018.
A prominent frontage on Gray’s Inn Road.
Over time, the hospital and healthcare facilities have evolved in an ad-hoc way to fast accommodate growing and changing healthcare needs. This has meant that the site has been developed on a piecemeal basis, with some of the newer buildings and extensions of poor design quality.
Going forward, we believe that this site has the opportunity to deliver an exciting family of buildings supporting a number of different uses, including:
- 76 new homes across two distinct buildings located along Swinton Street and Wicklow Street. The ambition is to deliver up to 35% affordable housing and a mix of homes including studio, one, two bed and family sized units with a shared residential garden between both blocks.
- 100,000 sq ft of innovative and flexible office space designed for Knowledge Quarter uses, including lab-enabled space and affordable workspace located along Swinton Street and Wicklow Street. These new office uses will connect onto a new public courtyard.
- Circa 200 room key lifestyle hotel, incorporating the historic 330 Gray’s Inn building, with a covered courtyard space set behind to maintain this existing building and linking to a new hotel building. The hotel will have a vibrant lobby, café and restaurant and associated terrace, open to locals to use and enjoy with a connection through from Gray’s Inn Road to the public courtyard space.
CGI of public courtyard.
In addition, 330 Gray’s Inn Road also has the potential to provide improved new local routes and high-quality public realm through:
- The public courtyard will create access to the exciting new on-site offerings, including the café and restaurant which will provide facilities for people to enjoy at their leisure. It will be a place where locals and visitors can sit, relax and meet friends and socialise, away from the busier street environment of Gray’s Inn Road.
- New, well managed routes through the site will offer access to the public courtyard and improve pedestrian connections through this neighbourhood quarter, providing greater access to and from King’s Cross.
- The newly proposed public courtyard space will be located off the pedestrian focused Wicklow Street, allowing visitors access to the office and hotel buildings. Entrances to buildings will be located along the edges of the public courtyard.
- Soft landscaping will provide some much-needed greening to the area and central to this space will be a walnut tree.
Open zones will offer a place for the public to freely enjoy and uncapped brick piers will provide informal screening elements made from site-recycled brick at Wicklow Street. The design expressed in this space will be woven into the new buildings, enriching character at the pedestrian passageways.
Site masterplan. Red line represents new walking routes through the site.
You can access the materials shown at our February consultation below alongside our spring newsletter and our summer consultation update.
Ahead of us submitting a planning application to the London Borough of Camden later this autumn, we would like to pose some questions to you in order to help us evolve our designs further, specifically around the management of the new routes and the composition and landscaping of the public realm element.
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