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Kier wins £18m Waitrose job, will also build london offices on the si

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Construction firm Kier Group has been selected to work on a cookery school and Waitrose supermarket in King’s Cross.

The group will also be responsible for the creation of 25,000 sq ft of London offices in the area, built alongside the store itself.

The work will see the restoration and refurbishment of the Grade II – listed Midland Goods Shed, and also the East Handyside Canopy.

Built by Great Northern Railway in 1850, the goods shed was originally designed to be a temporary passenger railways station at Maiden Lane whilst the original Kings Cross station was still under construction.

Waitrose is the only supermarket in the UK to have its own cookery school, opening its first school above its John Barnes shop back in 2010. Architects, Bennetts Associates, have been enlisted to design the plans for the new building and offices.

King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership is responsible for the development, working on the project together with its asset manger Argent King’s Cross Limited Partnership,  London & Continental Railways Limited and DHL Supply Chain.

Argent partner, Richard Meier, said: “It is fantastic to have a quality brand like Waitrose sign up at King’s Cross.

“We are creating a truly mixed-use development and this supermarket and cookery school will become an everyday attraction both for the residents, students, workers and visitors already on site, as well as the wider local community.”

If the planning application is successful, work is set to commence late this year with the project set to open sometime in spring 2015.

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