Bricks and Arches

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Building Details

The Western Transit Shed is located at the heart of the King's Cross development within a complex of Grade II listed Victorian railway buildings originally dating from the 1850s. Designed by Stanton Williams as concept architects, the building comprises a flexible shell and core base build. The fabric of the existing buildings has been substantially retained and celebrated to enrich the proposed scheme and to reinforce the importance of the history of the site and Granary Complex at the heart of the wider King's Cross Central development. Existing materials have been refurbished in an appropriate manner and sensitive contemporary insertions carefully juxtaposed with the historic fabric. The original brickwork has been retained, repaired and refurbished and existing blind arches to Transit Shed opened up to encourage natural light to penetrate the interior.

KCES are the Managing Agents for the Western Transit Shed. We will be responsible for managing and providing assistance throughout the fit out phases of the building. We will manage the landlord areas and plant & equipment and providing services within the building. Contact details for the building management team can be found below.

As part of the Kings Cross Estate, the Western Transit Shed will benefit from not only building management but also estate management of the surrounding estate areas. King's Cross Estate Services (KCES) is the dedicated management company that is responsible for all the external public spaces, including the streets, squares and pavements, on the new King's Cross development. They are responsible for providing cleaning, maintenance, security and events. Security & Cleaning services are provided 24 hours a day.

Building User Guide

The Building User Guide has been produced to provide the tenants of the Western Transit Shed with key information about the building, how it functions and the Landlord's requirements of you as a tenant.

Key sections of the User Guide are displayed below - click on the chapter titles to view the full details. Alternatively, click here to download the full Building User Guide as a PDF.

If you have any questions or issues which are not covered by this document, please contact the building management team. This document provides practical guidelines and information only. Nothing in this document is intended as a contractual undertaking, and in all instances the terms of the relevant lease or agreement for lease prevail.

Key Personnel

The Western Transit Shed benefits from a dedicated building management team, which is responsible for the building and which acts for and on behalf of the landlord. Key to the success of the interaction between tenant and the management team is good communication. Our principal objective is to provide all occupants with an effective and responsive management service suitable to the needs of the tenants.

Building Reception & Helpdesk
Shinofa Rizan
020 7664 5710

Building Manager
Jamie Cotgreave
020 7664 5711
07736 675 427

Managing Agents
Kings Cross Estate Services (KCES)
020 7664 5700


Deliveries & Couriers

All vehicular deliveries must be booked in advance via the web-based booking system, details of which are available from the building reception or building manager. There are 3 dedicated waiting and loading bays on Stable Street: one bay for the south end of building and two bays for the north. Delivery vehicles are permitted a maximum of 20 minutes to wait and unload/load on Stable Street. This will be enforced by the estate team. Courier companies will not be permitted to wait on Stable Street.

All small deliveries, e.g. post, stationery supplies, small office equipment and catering can be made in normal working hours via the north and south receptions unless otherwise agreed. All large deliveries, e.g. office moves, large office equipment, fit-out works and materials should be made outside of office hours, or at weekends to minimise disruption to other building users unless agreed in advance with building management. In the case of large out of hours deliveries, there may be an additional cost for additional security to be present to allow access to the building and monitor the delivery progress.

The building and estate team will need to be notified at least 48 hours in advance, to be given sufficient time to notify other tenants and any landlord's contractors who may be affected by any large deliveries.

Staff/Visitor Access to the Building

The north reception will be staffed by a receptionist from Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm (excluding public holidays) when the main reception doors will be unlocked. Outside of these hours, the main reception will be secured. Visitors to Hoare Lea and Zone will not have a requirement to sign in at the main reception but will be asked to wait before being directed up to the respective floor of each tenant as appropriate. The north entrance has a videophone intercom which will first buzz to the dedicated reception desk and if unanswered will buzz upstairs to the on floor receptions of Hoare Lea and Zone. For security purposes the intercom will not unlock the main reception doors. Access to the building is available for members of staff on a 24/7 basis by means of their company swipe card.

Tenant contractor access outside core hours will need to be agreed with the building management team in advance and will usually be subject to at least 72 hours prior notification (except in the case of an emergency) which must be provided to KCES via the web-based permit system.

Health & Safety Management

Tenants are responsible for the safety of their employees, contractors and visitors within their offices. If you see an incident or situation that creates a health and safety hazard you are responsible for taking whatever action you reasonably can to resolve the situation. In addition you should also contact the helpdesk for further advice. They will take the necessary action to promptly resolve the situation.

There are areas of shared responsibility, for example under the new Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, tenants of the building are required to provide written evidence that Fire Risk Assessments and hazard analysis reports are in place. Additionally, an effective management system must be put in place to document and maintain the standards of the new regulations. The Regulations place responsibility on the landlord and its agent to ensure compliance with the regulations. In this instance, we are required to co-ordinate, monitor and control your activities. We recommend copies of your risk assessments are available on request by KCES.

Cycle Bay Access

There are a number of cycle bays in the basement available to be shared between Hoare Lea and Zone, apportioned on the basis of leased net internal area (NIA). All cycle spaces will be allocated by Hoare Lea and Zone to their respective staff and their individual fobs activated by the Western Transit Shed receptionist. For more information please see the Building User Guide.

The basement cycle store is accessible from the service corridor entrance adjacent to the north reception entrance. Cyclists should then use the goods lift to transport their cycles to and from the ground floor to the basement cycle store. Cyclist drying facilities are available in the basement adjacent to the cycle store. Cycle parking is also available in the public realm on the estate and there will be additional external cycle bays installed on Stable Street. The estate cycle parking locations are available from KCES. Toilet and shower facilities for cyclists are available in core 1 on level 1 for the south office and levels 1 & 2 in cores 2, 3 and 4 for the north office tenants.

There is also a ground floor cycle area dedicated to the south office tenant accessible via The Crossing.

Click here to view the route into basement via core 3 for office cyclists (Hoare Lea and Zone)
Click here to view the access for Argent cycles, southern reception


The Western Transit Shed is located on Stable Street, north of Regent's Canal between Handyside Street and Granary Square. Handyside Street is the main commercial thoroughfare to the north of the canal.

Rail & Tube

The King's Cross development is only a few minutes walk from the transport interchange, with King's Cross and St Pancras International stations providing both national and international rail services. King's Cross tube station is the intersection for the Victoria, Northern, Hammersmith & City, Piccadilly, Metropolitan and Circle lines. Further information and links for rail and underground services can be found via the website,


The closest bus stop to the Western Transit Shed is on York Way. Bus numbers 10, 17, 259, 390, 45, 59, 63, 91, N63 and N91 stop outside King's Cross station. Up-to-date travel information can be found on the Transport for London website,

Cars & Taxis

Stable Street is open for southbound cyclists, taxis and delivery traffic only. Access is via Handyside Street which leads off York Way.

There is no car parking available at the Western Transit Shed or on the King's Cross Estate. Parking is controlled by the King's Cross Estate Services team. The nearest public car park is the NCP on Pancras Road.


Motorcycle parking is not available in the building. The nearest motorcycle parking is on Handyside Street (unsecured) or at the NCP on Pancras Road.


There are cycle bays in the basement of the building along with lockers, changing and drying facilities on the ground floor, for use by Hoare Lea, Zone, and on the ground floor for Argent. All cycle spaces within the building are allocated directly by the tenants. If you have been allocated a cycle space in the basement please contact the Building Manager or Receptionist for details of access and for directions. The route is also signed.

Public cycle parking is also available in the public areas on the estate and there will be additional external cycle bays installed on Stable Street.

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