The development company behind the regeneration of the new N1C postcode in Kings Cross, King’s Cross Central General Partner Limited, have launched a competition today to invite people to name up to ten new streets that will be created in the area as the new residential and office complexes are completed.
Camden Borough Council have a few rules in place concerning the naming procedure (which basically boils down to the fact that duplicating existing London street names is problematic) but other than that you’re free to suggest what you like – perhaps you might want to reflect on aspects of the area’s previous uses and history, as is the case with the six streets that have already been named – King’s Boulevard, Stable Street, Handyside Street, Beaconsfield Street, Tapper Walk and Canal Reach.
Alternatively you could look to the future, and devise names based on the organisations and venues that will be occupying these new spaces over the next few years. Given that Google’s purpose-built HQ will be starting construction soon I think the names of the Android smartphone operating system would be fun – Honeycomb Lane, Jellybean Avenue, Ice Cream Sandwich Street perhaps? On second thoughts, maybe not!this page on the Kings Cross website. Alternatively you can pop into any library in the London Borough of Camden and fill out a form, or go along to the Kings Cross Visitor Centre – you could take one of their fascinating tours while you’re there…
You can send in entries up until 31 May, and a shortlist of winning names will be announced a little later in the year. No doubt there’ll be an opportunity for you to go along to the naming ceremonies should your suggestion make it through the competition.