King’s Cross station Victorian façade to be revealed
Posted: 13 November 2012 | | No comments yet
Network Rail have started to demolish the green canopy that has overshadowed the historic frontage of King’s Cross station…
Network Rail have started to demolish the green canopy that has overshadowed the historic frontage of King’s Cross station since the 1970s. Once removed it will reveal Lewis Cubitt’s Grade I listed Victorian station façade.
Network Rail are removing an unloved building, restoring the station to its full architectural glory and creating a modern station fit for the future.
The final phase
Demolishing of one of London’s longest surviving temporary buildings marks the start of the final phase of the biggest transformation in the station’s 160-year history, with the new square , designed by award-winning London-based architects Stanton Williams due to open in autumn 2013.
This final phase of work follows the opening of the spectacular glass and steel western concourse in March 2012, providing three-times more space for passengers than the old concourse, with improved links to both the London Underground network and St Pancras International station.
Entering and leaving the station
While Network Rail construct the new King’s Cross Square, passengers arriving by train into King’s Cross station will need to exit the station either left onto York Way, right into the Underground or right through the new western concourse. When construction is complete, passengers will enter the station via the new western concourse and exit from the front of the station onto King’s Cross Square.
King’s Cross Square
At more than 7,000 square metres, King’s Cross Square is 50 per cent bigger than Leicester Square and will open up stunning views, not only of the historic frontage of the station but also across to St Pancras International.