The big clean up
KCCLP is currently cleaning up the land in the southern part of the King’s Cross development site, south of Goods Way and in between the two stations, King’s Cross and St Pancras International.
You may be aware that gas production was carried out here from 1824 to 1904. After that gas holders, constructed in the mid-nineteenth century, continued to store gas here until the site was finally closed in 2000. In the past few years the gas holder guide frames, which were visible above ground, have been removed. Gasholder No. 8 was the last to be taken down during the summer. In due course the four listed guide frames, including the guide frame for Gasholder No. 8, will be re-erected as part of new developments to the north of the Regent’s Canal.
KCCLP is now dealing with the legacy of historic contamination over the next 10 months or so to bring this brownfield site back into use and build Pancras Square, a development of offices, shops and public spaces. Specialist contractors have been employed with the skills and experience to treat and remove the contaminated soils and remaining foundations.
As a result of this clean-up work there may occasionally be works-related smells in the area, caused by uncovering the soils and foundations that have remained underground for many years.
Measures have been put in place to limit these smells, and to ensure compliance with the relevant air quality standards are constantly monitoring the environment.
The health and safety of the public and KCCLP’s contractors is KCCLP’s priority.
An environmental team has been employed to monitor the air quality and are following the Code of Construction Practice. The work is regulated by the relevant authorities. The work is programmed to be completed by autumn 2012.