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McAslan celebrate Kings Cross concourse completion

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March 14 2012

McAslan celebrate Kings Cross concourse completion
John McAslan + Partners are celebrating completion of a remodelled concourse at Kings Cross Station, the first phase of a mammoth £500m redevelopment of the station and its surrounding hinterland.

The Western Concourse, a 7,500sq/m public space, is now Europe’s largest single span station structure and has been fast tracked to cater for a flood of visitors expected for this year’s Olympics.

It is one of many different elements have informed the project, the most visible of which is the principle grade 1 listed façade – which has been concealed behind an ill-conceived canopy since the seventies.

Centrepiece of the station however remains the barrel vaulted terminus made famous in the Harry Potter films which is being sensitively restored – alongside a commemoration of platform 9 and 3/4.

John McAslan said: “The transformation of King's Cross station represents a compelling piece of place-making for London. The show-piece is clearly the Western Concourse - Europe’s largest single span station structure and the heart of the development, but the overall project is far more complex: an extraordinary, collaborative effort that has delivered an internationally significant transport interchange, fit for the 21st century and beyond.”

The concourse will officially open on Monday.
Kings Cross is being transformed into a 'destination station' with an upgraded retail offer
Kings Cross is being transformed into a 'destination station' with an upgraded retail offer
The 1852 train shed, designed by Lewis Cubitt, is 250m long
The 1852 train shed, designed by Lewis Cubitt, is 250m long

1 Comment

Brian
#1 Posted by Brian on 15 Mar 2012 at 08:01 AM
I like it but but dont like the way the structure is blocking the old building!
it doesnt have a patch on Wemyss Bay Station :)

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