Hereâ€™s some more information fromÂ John McAslan + Partners:
RANSFORMING KINGâ€™S CROSS â€“ LONDONâ€™S HISTORIC STATION ACQUIRES A CONTEMPORARY TWIST
The new Western Concourse at Kingâ€™s Cross opens to the public on Monday 19th March 2012.
“With this multi-phased development now complete, the significance of the Kingâ€™s Cross Station redevelopment is finally revealed. The transformation of Kingâ€™s Cross Station for Network Rail involves three very different styles of architecture: re-use, restoration and new build. The train shed and range buildings have been adapted and re-used, the stationâ€™s previously obscured Grade I listed faÃ§ade is being precisely restored, and a new, highly expressive Western Concourse has been designed as a centrepiece and the â€˜beating heartâ€™ of the project. When the station opens to the public next Monday, 19 March, Kingâ€™s Cross will become a new, iconic architectural gateway to the city, ready for the 2012 London Olympics.
John McAslan + Partners began work on the project in 1998 and established the overall master-plan for the development in 2005. As a result the practice has played a key role in the wider transformation of the Kingâ€™s Cross area â€“ infrastructural, social and commercial changes that now connect the station with the massive Kingâ€™s Cross Central scheme north of the station as well as to St Pancras, the London Underground, and the surrounding urban context. The architectural ambition of JMPâ€™s scheme has been to create a new iconic landmark that will function as a key catalyst for the ongoing regeneration of this new London quarter as well as providing striking new facilities that will accommodate the 50 million passengers now passing through the station each year.”