King's Cross StationEdit profile
The redevelopment of the Grade I-listed King's Cross Station is well underway. The scheme includes the reinstatement of the original Victorian main façade, and a new western concourse with a dramatic wave-form canopy, as well as the return of internal spaces that had fallen into disuse.
The completed project will see improved passenger facilities, rationalised operational activities and significantly increased retail opportunities at the station. Major remodelling at the station will optimise TOC (train operating company) facilities, improve links with the Underground, and streamline taxi and bus connections. The architectural design process, in association with Arup, includes a long term, multi-layered consultation process.
The stunning new western concourse, and incorporated substantial restoration and refurbishment within the existing trainshed, will transform King’s Cross from its current dingy, programmatically irritating condition into a state-of-the-art station, and improve interchange facilities with St Pancras Station and Thameslink services. Concourse construction is due for completion before the start of the 2012 London Olympics.
One phase already completed is the commercial space at the Eastern Range of King’s Cross, along York Way, which is pivotal in allowing the station to remain operational during construction as station and TOC operations have decanted into the refurbished historic building.
Description by John McAslan + Partners