Successful large scale project in the city centre
Demanding central London logistics
The demolition of the unloved 1970s concourse and the creation of King’s Cross Square in its place, means that the Grade 1 listed King’s Cross station’s full historic façade can be seen in all its glory for the first time in 160 years. The 7,000m2 public space is the final part of the £550m redevelopment of King’s Cross station and follows the renovation of the original station building, its platforms and the construction of the spectacular new western concourse.
Client: The Murphy Group
HQ: Highgate Road, London
Requirement: Stainless Steel Lighting Masts
PRO Stainless were tasked with designing, manufacturing and installing stainless steel Lighting Masts and War Memorial Totems on the final phase of civil engineering works to complete King’s Cross Square. The lighting columns were to be an integral and important part of the redevelopment of the new square.
After design consultation, PRO Stainless proposed to the client and client’s architects to produce a single column solution and not a cladding solution suggested by others. This reduced the amount of installation time required at the busy, live station in central London, assisting in the complex logistics programme.
The three 19.5 meter Lighting Masts were formed from 316 stainless steel plate and rolled into a tapered shape with a full penetrant weld joint along the full vertical length which was perfectly polished out. The columns were delivered to site in one section with the bottom section shot peened to 3 meters. The LED High output modules were factory assembled and tested.
The three large Lighting Masts address the majestic scale of the station’s façade, whose profile is now enhanced even at night through the integrated lighting scheme. All structures and landscape elements glow at night, with subtly incorporated lighting in the granite cladding, transforming King’s Cross Square into an exemplary public urban square.
The three large lighting masts address the majestic scale of the station façade, whose profile is now enhanced even at night through the integrated lighting scheme. All structures and landscape elements glow at night, with lighting subtly incorporated into the granite cladding, transforming King’s Cross Square into an exemplary public urban square.
Alan Stanton - Director, Stanton Williams Architects
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