The design of Kings Court finds the balance between old and new to build on the character of Covent Garden and create a sense of theatricality and excitement within a place of great historic and cultural significance.
The King’s Court and Carriage Hall scheme is the largest new construction project in the area since the Royal Opera House in the 1990’s. The development includes improvements to the public realm, such as upgraded infrastructure and added public walks and courtyards, which support and enrich Covent Garden as a whole.
To design one of London’s most exciting mixed-use spots, a collage of architectural elements was carefully considered and finely tuned. KPF approached the project with great care and surgical precision, with plans to restore a collection of listed buildings and interiors, sensitively inserting modern elements amidst the historic fabric, and opening passageways and courtyards to provide a dynamic series of public spaces, both inside and out.
The development includes the conversion of an outmoded office building, the restoration of a series of listed facades, the refurbishment of a historic terrace and the building of a new six-story element, altogether providing 50 new homes (including affordable housing), two al fresco restaurants, a multi-brand retail flagship, and new north-south routes, enhancing the network of public spaces in the district by improving pedestrian flow and alleviating congestion.