Handyside Park, King’s Cross

Just a moment's walk away from the routinely busy Granary Square in the heart of King's Cross, one can find the tranquillity of Handyside Park.

In a space that could easily been swept aside and resigned to a life as a mere passageway between the Regent’s Canal and Handyside Street, instead blooms a gorgeous park that thrives on the idea of subtlety. Despite this space being significantly smaller than many of the other public outdoor areas that make up King’s Cross, Handyside Park is nonetheless one of most beautiful. With a path that winds through flowerbeds and sections of tall wildgrass, the park brings you to a play area that welcomes both the young and the young at heart. Framing the path and play area is a water feature as subtle as the existence of the park itself.

Following the curve of the path through the park, a shallow water channel snakes its way between the plants. The channel also reflects the playful aura to the space by travelling under crossings in the pathway and appear to resurface on the other side of the path. The channel also crosses through outdoor seating areas located around the park, encouraging children (and adults) to jump across. Truly an interactive space, Handyside Park offers a calmer alternative the excitement of the larger King’s Cross spaces.

Project Facts

  • Location: King's Cross, London, UK
  • Client: King's Cross Central Limited Partnership (Argent)
  • Services: Design, build, management
  • Features: Water channel, water play pump
  • Partners: Dan Pearson Studio, Townshend Landscape Architects
  • Photography : John Sturrock