By Daniel Hunter

The £550 million redevelopment of King's Cross station is nearing completion.

The final stage of the project sees a 25,000 square foot public space outside of the station, to be known as King's Cross Square,

The square, which will include an area dedicated to public art, will open to the public next month.

The 50-day countdown will begin with London Mayor Boris Johnson laying one of the final paving stones.

The redevelopment of the station area has led to one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe, with 67 acres of brownfield land being redeveloped to create eight million sq ft of offices, retail and housing.

"It is the last piece in the jigsaw which has led to more than £2.2bn of private investment transforming the area into an exciting centre for business, knowledge and the arts of which the capital can be proud," David Higgins, Network Rail chief executive, said.

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