- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Laurence King; 1st edition (25 Jan. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1856696375
- ISBN-13: 978-1856696371
- Product Dimensions: 25 x 2 x 25.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,743,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Transformation of St Pancras Station Paperback – 25 Jan 2010
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At the end of 2007, St Pancras became the new London terminus for the high-speed channel tunnel rail link to continental Europe, taking over from Waterloo International. Central to this change, the entire structure and area around St Pancras have been renovated and transformed as one of the largest civil engineering projects in Europe. This book looks at the history and process of the project and shows how the old St Pancras – one of London’s finest Victorian stations – has been both restored to its original glory and extended for the demands of 21st-century rail travel. Packed full of specially commissioned photography and written by those intimately involved in the project, The Transformation of St Pancras Station tells the remarkable story of how the original building was renovated and expanded with major new additions and how the surrounding area has been regenerated to become a desirable destination in its own right. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I have known St Pancras for over 35 years, and have seen its' fortunes change from virtually a state of semi-dereliction, with only a couple of trains an hour (after Bedford line suburban trains were routed through Thameslink), to what must now be the station's finest hour. This book catalogues the transformation from initial concepts to completion, but covers a lot more in addition. It is a well known fact that the station is wholly supported on columns that are spaced to accommodate beer wagons, but within the covers of this book you will discover many other interesting facts that are lesser known. The book extends its' sphere of coverage to the lands immediately north of the station and the hinterland of the adjacent Kings Cross, both of which are ripe for the urban regeneration catalysed by the "new" St Pancras.
I was initially attracted to this book as it had been credited as written by Alastair Lansley. Alastair was the architect with overall responsibility for the project, and with whom I had worked (in a minor consultancy capacity) on a couple of former projects, as well as the very early stages of this one. I am not sure how much of this actually came from his pen; however he was always passionate about his work and loved detail - and this book revels in both passion and expert detail that you don't usually find. It's a book that I find difficult to put down - and for a work of this kind, this is unusual. Even if you don't yet know St Pancras - and I would suggest that if you have come this far in this lengthy review then you are obviously interested - buy the book, read and enjoy, then go visit the subject. You won't be disappointed in either.
London terminal . Constant references back to the great victorian work of Barlow and Gilbert Scott, are both appropriate and informative. Why "coffee table" then...?
As a railway enthusiast, I was left with a sense of incompletenesss - of wanting more information, more detail of the modern network of services in which this station functions. .........and more of the new architectural developments that surround it.
However, at the price, and with the high quality of presentation, one musn't be too greedy - it's a lovely book.
You will, like me, quite probably invest further for more detailed literature on this theme. It's certainly a fine start..!
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