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Network Rail has signed its first Heritage Partnership Agreement, improving the management of “architectural gem” London King’s Cross.
Network Rail, Camden Council and heritage public body Historic England have signed a Heritage Partnership Agreement (HPA) to ensure the efficient future management of the nationally significant site.
The arrangement will streamline the formal listed building consent process, making it easier to make minor improvements to the station.
It comes amid a major, multi-million pound investment in the infrastructure at King’s Cross that will significantly improve train travel to and from London on the East Coast Main Line.
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As a Grade I listed building, even small changes at King’s Cross Station that affect its historic or architectural significance need to be agreed with the planning authority and Historic England.
Only then can Camden Council grant Listed Building Consent to the changes. Thanks to the HPA, we will also save time and money.
An architectural gem
Councillor Danny Beales, Camden Council Cabinet Member for investing in communities and an inclusive economy, said: “Camden is rich with architectural gems, including King’s Cross Station, one of the best-known locations within the borough.
“The station will now benefit from the clear approach set out in the Heritage Partnership Agreement and the council’s desire to protect all our historical buildings, whilst facilitating the changes that these working buildings require.”
Tom Higginson, director of Planning and Land Services for Network Rail, said: “We are always looking for ways we can run the station more efficiently and this agreement, which is a first for Network Rail, is a perfect example of that.
“We have worked incredibly closely with Historic England and Camden Council and this agreement will save all of us time, which can now be spent in other areas, and means that passengers can benefit from improvements to the station more quickly.
“This will also help to reduce our costs, which is incredibly important to us as a tax-payer funded organisation.”
The HPA signs at London King's Cross
What’s an HPA?
Statutory HPAs were introduced in 2013 because of reform powers from the government to help manage change efficiently while maintaining a site’s special qualities.
King’s Cross joins a handful of statutory HPAs, including Stow Maries Airfield in Essex, Battersea Power Station in London and the University of Sussex.
The agreement at King’s Cross is a pioneering project that Historic England hopes will inspire similar sites to consider it as an option for sound, efficient heritage management.
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