Kings Place is a major construction development site on York Way, Kings Cross, London. Kings Place will be the first concert hall built in London since the Barbican Centre opened in 1982. The building houses two halls; a 420 seat concert hall and a 220 seat flexible performance space, as well as galleries, public spaces, and offices. Part of the development will be the new headquarters for the London Sinfonietta, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Guardian newspaper. Construction on the site began in 2005 and was completed in summer 2008; the opening festival started on the 1st October 2008. The acoustics of the halls have been praised for their clarity, immediacy and low noise. The acoustic design was by Arup Acoustics; Arup also provided building engineering, fire engineering and venue systems design.
A major fire at the site, said to have been caused by sparks from welding work, caused the evacuation of the site and the adjacent Kings Cross railway station for two days in June 2006. On the 29th of October 2008, another fire broke out on the roof of the recently opened building.