PLACEMAKING: King's Cross
I have worked on a number of projects for Argent LLP King's Cross, developing a placemaking strategy through staging an events programme in public spaces on site including Coal Drops Yard, project managing the founding of Canopy Market and working from a H&S perspective on cross-site events such as Design Junction.
At 67 acres King's Cross is the largest redevelopment in Central London and I've worked in varied roles with the Argent LLP team, starting with collaboration on fashion shows in the Crossing at Central Saint Martins, who have a shared event space at the centre of the site, during my time as Events Manager at the college.
Recently, I developed and event managed the cross-site Easter programme Let's Play in 2019, creating RAMS and an event plan, commissioning and overseeing a delivery team including a Land Train operator, the design and production of digital assets, outdoor and indoor event spaces.
CASE STUDY – PANARMONION
I project managed the build and programming of Panarmonion Bar and Stage for King's Cross.
Lewis Cubitt Square opened in 2015, with space for over 2,000 people – Panarmonion was designed as an alfresco bar and performance space to enliven the square and attract people to a new part of the site.
The brief was for a flexible structure which could accommodate a number of performances both inside and outside during August 2015, and open as a bar every day. The space held two moveable bar and back of house pods, flexible lighting and sound system and modular staging.
I worked with a King's Cross Central project manager to programme the entertainment for the run. Paco Peña, Spanish flamenco virtuoso, and his group, performed an electrifying set on Panarmonion's opening night. That evening was curated by Anthony Whitworth-Jones, alongside other headline performances for the summer by Natalie Williams and She'Koyokh. Pop-up opera by Tête à Tête and tango lessons by Rojo y Negro took place throughout August. A highlight event was Deja Bluez, with new work created by Central Saint Martins and BirdGang Dance Company, who produced an immersive hip hop cabaret show which ran over two evenings. This featured dance by BirdGang, vaudeville, magic and music by performers including Soweto Kinch. UAL graduates designed the stage and costumes.
During the build phase I worked with Lyn Atelier, the architects who designed the space, as well as the contractor, production teams, site managers and suppliers. I coordinated with the bar team Fai Watu, front of house team, venue manager, performers and producers during the run.
Ellie project managed the Panarmonion programme at King’s Cross last summer with massive flair, great attention to detail and a calm though creative approach to the challenges and constraints of the site and programme.
She collaborated brilliantly with our team of artists, musicians, architects and designers and was the driving force in turning a set of ideas into a month-long programme of activity in a stunning temporary pavilion.
Rebecca Bennett, Project Manager 2015, King's Cross Central
All photos by John Sturrock