Developer UK Real Estate has been granted planning for a 31,500 sq ft mixed use refurbishment and extension of a grade II listed landmark in London’s King’s Cross.

The Lighthouse block, which was developed in the mid-19th century, will be turned into 22,000 sq ft of offices and 9,500 sq ft of ground floor and basement retail after Camden council granted planning consent earlier this month.

UK Real Estate, which was advised by the London Planning practice, will retain the building’s façade and will refurbish the distinctive lighthouse structure on the roof.

It is believed that the Lighthouse was built to advertise the ground floor Netten’s Oyster Bar and would light up when fresh oysters were being served.

The building has been vacant and run down for many years and was placed on the English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk list.

Latitude Architects designed the scheme.