Coal Drops Yard

King’s Cross in central London is London’s newest creative quarter. The 67-acre neighbourhood is rich in history, and much of this industrial archaeology has been woven by the developer, led by Argent, into a mix of office, education, retail, residential and leisure space. The retail element is focussed around Coal Drops Yard, a complex of Victorian brick arches which opened in 2018. It is a destination which draws from the quirky, creative and global spirit of this new city quarter and nurtures one-off, independent retailers.

Opera has provided strategic advice and retail delivery project management, working in close partnership with Argent and critically, the individual shop owners who are taking space at Coal Drops Yard and other locations. Argent aim to be ‘the landlord of choice’ and so needed project managers who understood their vision for a really distinctive retail offer. Attracting non-high street names, independents and concept stores is a demanding strategy because many of these tenants do not have large roll-out programmes or fit-out processes. Opera, with its joined-up expertise, exceptional technical knowledge and attention to detail, have been able to drive risk out of this strategy by working in close liaison with the new retailers, offering advice, creating processes and generally coaching and supporting them until they are up and trading.

Year:
2016 - ongoing
Service:
  • Retail Delivery
Sector:
  • Retail
Client:
Argent
Year:
2016 - ongoing
Service:
  • Retail Delivery
Sector:
  • Retail
Client:
Argent