King's Cross Eastern RangeEdit profile
The first phase of the complex £450 million-plus multi-phased project is the return of the neglected Grade One listed Eastern Range Building to its former glory, bringing back into use 70,000sq.ft.² of commercial office space in the heart of one of Britain’s busiest multi-modal transportation hubs. The Eastern Range will ensure that the entire station remains operational during the remainder of the construction works by allowing station staff to decant from areas of the station under construction. The Victorian structure is approximately 250m long by 12m wide and comprises three levels of accommodation suspended over the historic cab road, which is also the site of the only new platform within the redeveloped station. New access arrangements, complete re-servicing and fire protection were introduced in a way that maintained the architectural integrity of the building and eliminated some of the insensitive adaptations. Where possible, original design was reinstated, restoring original room proportions, repairing joinery, cornices, panelling and fireplaces. Skilled craftsmen matched salvaged bricks, identified stone in cills, analysed original mortar mixes, restored 19th century cornices accurately, and improved lead gutters and junctions. In the reception area, the 19th and 21st centuries come together, with original wrought iron girders hovering above glazed lifts, and the original brickwork providing a warm backdrop to the steel and glass mezzanine bridge and granite flooring.