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photoblog image A trip to Londinium 4

A trip to Londinium 4

contd from yesterday:  The 1990s saw the start of St Pancras’ revival. The Channel Tunnel opened in May 1994, but high speed trains were only able to reach their maximum speeds on the French side of the Channel. In 1996 Government passed the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act authorising the construction of a high speed line from the tunnel to a redeveloped St Pancras International.

In consultation with English Heritage and with painstaking reference to original detail, Barlow’s original train shed roof was restored to its Victorian glory with 18k panes of self cleaning glass, 300k welsh slates and the iron girders stripped and repainted in their original pale blue. New oak doors for the main entrances were made, the brass furniture copied exactly from original drawings.

To extend platforms to accept Eurostar trains, an additional train shed to the rear of Barlow’s original was designed by Foster & Partners. The west wall of the station was rebuilt using 16 million bricks manufactured identically to the original. New public works of art include the statue of the station’s saviour John Betjeman and the 30ft tall bronze sculpture ‘The Meeting Place’, positioned under the station clock.

Opening up the station undercroft allowed developers to let in the light from the roof and the building to be seen from the new Eurostar check-in lounge, shops, restaurants and food halls, created in the space Barlow had originally designed for beer barrels.

The new St Pancras International station was officially opened on in November 2007 with Eurostar and East Midland services, and with Thameslink services joining that December. At the end of 2009 high speed domestic services began between St Pancras and Kent. In 2012 this high speed line transports spectators to the London Olympic Park at Stratford International in just seven minutes.

A trip to Londinium 4

contd from yesterday:  The 1990s saw the start of St Pancras’ revival. The Channel Tunnel opened in May 1994, but high speed trains were only able to reach their maximum speeds on the French side of the Channel. In 1996 Government passed the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act authorising the construction of a high speed line from the tunnel to a redeveloped St Pancras International.

In consultation with English Heritage and with painstaking reference to original detail, Barlow’s original train shed roof was restored to its Victorian glory with 18k panes of self cleaning glass, 300k welsh slates and the iron girders stripped and repainted in their original pale blue. New oak doors for the main entrances were made, the brass furniture copied exactly from original drawings.

To extend platforms to accept Eurostar trains, an additional train shed to the rear of Barlow’s original was designed by Foster & Partners. The west wall of the station was rebuilt using 16 million bricks manufactured identically to the original. New public works of art include the statue of the station’s saviour John Betjeman and the 30ft tall bronze sculpture ‘The Meeting Place’, positioned under the station clock.

Opening up the station undercroft allowed developers to let in the light from the roof and the building to be seen from the new Eurostar check-in lounge, shops, restaurants and food halls, created in the space Barlow had originally designed for beer barrels.

The new St Pancras International station was officially opened on in November 2007 with Eurostar and East Midland services, and with Thameslink services joining that December. At the end of 2009 high speed domestic services began between St Pancras and Kent. In 2012 this high speed line transports spectators to the London Olympic Park at Stratford International in just seven minutes.

comments (13)

Quite lovely...
Bill Phillips: It is just wonderful Larry
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 19 Jul 2018, 03:04
definitely well planned by people looking to the future

the structure is amazing. i love, love those arches.

your photos and narrative are both enlightening and superb
Bill Phillips: In Victorian times this country was powerful and confident and it shows in the architecture
Nice shots Bill, it really is a wonderful place.
Bill Phillips: I was gobsmacked as our Ray would say
It's really beautiful, isn't it!!
Bill Phillips: Oh yes it is
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 19 Jul 2018, 06:15
St Pancras has become a destination in its own right, a wonderful place
Bill Phillips: Well it certainly was for me Chris
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Jul 2018, 06:38
a wonderful railway station - a joy for the eyes- I hope to arrive one day with the Eurostar there. I love your both images.
Bill Phillips: I would like to travel on the Eurostar from there Philine
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Jul 2018, 08:10
Excellent! I especially like your shot on the right.

Thanks for your comprehensive notes. I first enjoyed the station on a trip back from the Paralympic Games on a high speed train but being late at night and so many people, I had no opportunity for photography. Last month, I arrived by a Thameslink train straight from Gatwick Airport before leaving on the Eurostar service.,
Bill Phillips: I like the one on the right too. I would like to travel from here on the Eurostar
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 19 Jul 2018, 08:42
I like the composition of the left hand job but no so the right hand one.
Bill Phillips: I prefer the one on the right
A nice reminder of familiar ground. Back in the 50's. when we got a bit older, my friend and I used to go to Kings Cross from Royston and cross the road to St.Pancras to 'trainspot' Midland locos. I took this shot at St.Pancras in the 1990's.before any changes https://www.flickr.com/photos/brianaw2010/6400031123/in/album-72157623486237129/
Bill Phillips: You would hardly realise it is the same station Brian
As usual, the South-East gets rail improvements while the rest of the country relies on Victorian ingenuity!
Bill Phillips: The South East is a different country Tom
NICE DIPTYCH!
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I love this sort of architecture.
Bill Phillips: I love victorian buildings
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 19 Jul 2018, 14:09
Even the bollards are colour co-ordinated
Bill Phillips: A nice attention to detail Lisl
Nice arches and research.

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