The Filling Station, Kings Cross London

The Filling Station London, Shrimpy’s Kings Cross N1, Regents Canal Property Design

The Filling Station

Shrimpy’s, Kings Cross Building, England, UK – design by Carmody Groarke Architects

10 Sep 2013

The Filling Station at Kings Cross

Design: Carmody Groarke, Architects

The Filling Station

Location: Goods Way, London N1


The ambition for the project was to create a temporary use for the site – a corner of the Kings Cross lands currently under phased re-development by client Argent. The small structure accommodates an events space facing the Regents Canal, a diner-style restaurant and a marketing suite.

The Filling Station London
photo © Luke Hayes

The architects came up with the idea and with restaurateur, Bistroteque, pitched the idea to Argent. A reduction in the height of this wall was key to unlocking the site.

The Filling Station London
photo © Luke Hayes

A backlit perimeter screen is used to soften an awkward tight corner opening out on to an open public space overlooking the canal. The history of the site remains in the form of the old filling station canopy relic, thus embracing the slow transition of temporary to permanent.

The Filling Station London The Filling Station London
photos © Luke Hayes

The Filling Station London – Building Information

Architect: Carmody Groarke
Client: Argent Estates
Tenant: Shrimpy’s
Contractor: Carillion
Fibreglass fabricator: Stuart Pease
Services Engineer: SES
Contract Value: confidential
Date of completion: May 2012
Gross internal area: 200 sqm

The Filling Station images / information from RIBA

Carmody Groarke

Stephen Lawrence Prize Shortlisted – 10 Sep 2013

Location:Goods Way, London N1, UK