Construction of the new western concourse at King’s Cross station completed today, signalling a key milestone in the £500M station redevelopment.
The domed roof covers an area three-times the size of the existing concourse and is big enough to fit over six Olympic-sized swimming pools. As well as providing a brighter, more spacious station, it will contain a wide range of new food and drink outlets and shops, plus improved facilities which will improve the journey experience for passengers.
Work to build the Western concourse, which started in 2009, involved up to 1,150 people on site at any one time. The majority of the redevelopment will be completed by 2012 in time for the London 2012 Olympics. Work to create a new open piazza in front of the station, larger than Leicester Square, will start following the Olympics and will be complete in 2013.
Client was Network Rail, designer was Arup and contractor was Vinci.
What’s been installed
- 1,000t of steel
- 5M ceramic tiles
- 500 lights
- 1M specially made heritage bricks to restore and rebuild WW2 bomb damage and the ticket office
- 9,000m2 of granite floor tiles
- 5M.m of cabling