The impressive St.Pancras International is a Grade 1 Listed 19th Century train station and hotel. Design ID have been involved in many schemes here over the last decade and therefore have an in-depth knowledge of the building.
One of the schemes involved the assessment and repair of the support points for the historic lanterns in the Eastern Carriageway arch (shown right). Given the historical value of both the lanterns and the surrounding brick structure, Design ID liaised closely with the conservation architect and Historic England to develop sensitive remedial solutions and construction methodologies.
St Pancras Midland Grand Hotel and Station, was designed by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott as part of a competition promoted by the Midland Railway Company.
Despite being over designed and over budget compared to Midland’s design constraints, Scott was chosen to carry the work forward. Scott’s vision for the hotel was glamorous but was costly and not long after the hotel was taken over by London, Midland, and Scottish Railway in 1922, it closed in 1935 due to outdated features and expensive maintenance such as the legion of staff required to run the hotel.
The hotel was then converted into offices and changed hands again from London, Midland, and Scottish Railway to British Rail, who actually intended for the hotel to be demolished, but thankfully the plans were interrupted by the Victorian Society at the leadership of Jane Hughes Fawcett aka Furious Mrs Fawcett. After her righteous campaign, in 1967 the hotel gained its Grade I listing, however the building closed in the 1980s due to failing a fire safety regulation check.
St Pancras International is named under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 due to its special architectural or historic interest.
Client: Design 2 Build