King’s Cross

I don’t intend to start a new theme on railway stations, but …. When I took some pictures of St Pancras the other day I had not realised that Network Rail had just opened the new departure concourse at King’s Cross station, right beside St Pancras. This is all part of a major redevelopment of the area which is already bringing obvious results in terms of housing and jobs.

Those familiar with the stations will know that King’s Cross was always the lesser building a very cramped place to await a train. I think the architects have done a magnificent job with the new concourse creating a massive but comfortable space beside the old station building. The spec is very reminiscent of the central dome of the British Museum and should be able to swallow crowds without feeling too crowded. That is certainly how it felt tonight.

There is still a lot of work in progress around the edges and it is not clear what is going to happen to the ugly development in front of the old station but this is a huge step in the right direction. Something else for London to feel pleased about.

The edge of the concourse showing the main supporting pillars


THe centre of the concourse showing the side of the old station behind


The gallery level with restaurants, at least as loosely defined

THe concourse and part of the old station hotel approached from St Pancras