Modernization Of Saint Pancras And King’s Cross Railway Stations In London
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Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw, Poland
Online publication date: 2015-12-22
Publication date: 2015-09-01
Civil and Environmental Engineering Reports 2015;18(3):65–74
The article concerns the renovation and modernization of two London railway stations - St. Pancras and King‘s Cross. Both stations were built in the middle of the nineteenth century and are an example of industrial heritage. A characteristic feature that distinguishes the two buildings is the metal (iron) structure with a glass canopy. The St. Pancras railway station was characterized by a hall with the largest span in the world, and today is one of the leading examples of using iron in the development of architecture and building structures. Both stations have experienced periods of flourishing and stagnation throughout their history. There were even plans to demolish the old stations and build new facilities and in their place. Now, after the successful modernization of St. Pancras and King’s Cross railway stations, they serve as good examples of the adaptation of transport utilities to modern needs, while respecting their historic structure. The problems that the designers and contractors were faced with during the renovation and modernization of the two London stations also deserve attention.
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