Our recent What Workers Want study found that being in an office with good transport links is the most important factor for London-based workers. 87 per cent of those surveyed ranked it as important – far more than workers across the rest of the UK – with the length of commute coming a close second at 84 per cent.
To attract and retain staff in London, therefore, it appears a prerequisite to ensure you base yourself as close as possible to a transport hub. King’s Cross delivers on this in some style: with St Pancras it is the most connected transport hub in Europe, with six London Underground lines, two mainline stations and an international high speed rail link all within a few hundred metres.
It’s now over a decade since planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of King’s Cross, the largest mixed use development project under single ownership London has seen in more than 150 years. Incorporating three million sq ft of new workspace across 50 new and refurbished buildings (as well as 2,000 new homes, 26 acres of public space, 500,000 sq ft of retail, restaurants, cafés, bars and leisure facilities and numerous education and civic facilities) King’s Cross is a major new employment hub in London.
The transport connectivity and exceptional range and adjacency of facilities on offer at King’s Cross have attracted almost the entire gambit of occupiers with companies from start-ups to international corporations all taking space.
Development sites of this size and prestige are few and far between and King’s Cross provides arguably the most visible platform of integrated uses across London.