Architects praise new St Pancras Station

PUBLISHED: 20:16 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 06 May 2010

THE newly-restored and extended St Pancras Station - a familiar site to local commuters -- has been awarded for its outstanding architecture having already received huge amounts of praise since its unveiling. The Building in a Historic Context accolade

THE newly-restored and extended St Pancras Station - a familiar site to local commuters -- has been awarded for its outstanding architecture having already received huge amounts of praise since its unveiling.

The 'Building in a Historic Context' accolade from the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) London and English Heritage, has been given to the r-born London station which serves travellers on the Thameslink line from St Albans, Radlett and Harpenden, and is the new home to Eurostar.

The award is given to the highest-quality modern architecture for the way it forms part of and contributes to the continuity and history of its environment.

For many years, Grade 1 listed St Pancras, originally designed by Gilbert Scott, was regarded as the poor relation to London's superior transport hubs.

But it has now been recognised for being a station of the highest quality while retaining the grandeur of the magnificent original design, and it is hoped that it will regenerate an area which has been in decline for many years.

Philip Davies, English Heritage's planning and development director for the south, said: "Without a doubt, the renaissance of St Pancras is an outstanding achievement for which all those involved should feel incredibly proud. For too long, Scott's defining work was dismissed as posing only problems rather than possibilities - it is through the imaginative vision of London and Continental Railways that the potential for reincarnation has been realised.

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