Sunday, 6 May 2012

Kings Cross Station

The brilliant new concourse at Kings Cross Station.  Designed by John McAslan and Partners the steel and glass roof has a span of 52 metres and is sited between King’s Cross and St Pancras Stations. It forms a £500 million super hub in time for the Olympics. (‘In time for the Olympics’ is the drum that London marches to right now). Sensibly it is a departures only space with arrivals exiting through the dingy 1970’s concourse, which is the original front door to the station.

The concourse also includes ‘Platform 9 3/4’ made famous by the Harry Potter films. It’s amazing how many adults queue to have their picture taken while pushing a half-submerged luggage trolley into a brick wall.

King’s Cross is a triumphant blend of old and new - Simon Jenkins, Evening Standard, 25 May 2012

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