King’s Cross Station was built as the London hub of the Great Northern Railway. The first temporary passenger station opened in 1850 in the Midland Goods Shed. Among the passengers was Queen Victoria who left for Scotland from here in 1851.
The plans for the station in its current location were first made in 1848 under the direction of George Turnbull. Turnbull engineered the construction of the first 20 miles of the Great Northern Railway out of London. The detailed design was by architect, Lewis Cubitt and the station opened with two platforms in 1852.
The station roof, the largest at the time, was supposedly modelled on the riding school of the Czars of Moscow.
… and now
King’s Cross Station has been transformed with new entrances, more space and better facilities.
Work started in 2007, the stunning new Western Concourse opened in 2012, and the original Victorian entrance was restored and opened in 2013.
New underground ticket halls, new escalators and more than 300 metres of new passageways mean changing between the different lines and services is much easier.
This is great railway architecture, standing comparison with Victorian exemplars and with recent projects, including Farrell’s Asian megastations, with which it has stylistic affinities.”
– Felix Mara, Architects Journal