Client: Network Rail
The innovative glazed shell roof is undoubtedly the most distinctive feature of the £180m redevelopment of the King’s Cross Western Range building and the extension of the Western Concourse.
One of the largest vaulted structures in the UK, it is supported by 16 perimeter tree columns and a central funnel system. This means it is completely independent of the delicate Grade 1 heritage Western Range building and free of supporting columns that might have cluttered the centre of the concourse.
A key challenge was carrying out the work above a live London Underground ticket hall. Using over 1000 tonnes of temporary steelwork and scaffolding, and by scheduling steelwork deliveries at night, the structure was created in little over 12 months with minimal disruption to station operations.