Argent LLP are a major UK property developer specialising in large mixed use developments, based in London for over 30 years. They have planned, managed, and are delivering the 67 acre King’s Cross development which lies at the northern end of the proposed North–South Cycle Superhighway.
Managing Partner David Partridge released a letter today explaining how the proposed Cycle Superhighways will be great for Argent and for those living and working in the new development they’re delivering.
Like many businesses in London, a growing number of our 125 employees cycle to work and are advocates for cycling; undoubtedly, and even larger proportion of our direct team would cycle to the office if they felt more comfortable and safer on the wider London road network.
Further, as the lead developer for the King’s Cross site that will eventually be home to some 30,000 office workers, 5,000 students and 7,000 residents, it has become clear through our many presentation and discussions with office occupiers in particular, that access to safe cycle routes to and from the workplace is of great importance to the staff and businesses that will call King’s Cross N1C home.
We want to help promote active lifestyles for our own employees, for everyone else that will base themselves at King’s Cross and of course for the many thousands that will visit the area (125,000 visited our development in 2013). How people achieve this is of course a matter of personal choice but safe cycling routes makes cycling to and from work a real option.
We believe the proposed north–south and east–west routes will help us and our tenants to attract and retain employees and help to sustain our businesses in the long term.
We believe that ‘Crossrail for Bikes’ is great for business and great for London. We encourage the plans to be delivered as soon as is possible. We would specifically like to highlight the need to develop a clear plan for a segregated route between Farringdon and King’s Cross including an allowance for safe passage in and around Euston Road at the proposed end of the segregated route at Judd Street. This part of the route is relatively undefined and needs to be delivered appropriately in order to provide the benefits to the King’s Cross area as described above.