It has been an exciting couple of months for our Historic Buildings team, which has seen the wonderfully expressive Western Concourse arise alongside Lewis Cubitt’s 1852 King’s Cross Station – a dramatic meeting of old and new.
The work of our team can be found throughout the station, from the re-glazing of the Main Train Shed roof, bringing sunlight onto the platforms for the first time in many decades to the revelation of the parcels yard atrium, historically one of the most significant areas of the station.
The layers of repair and reuse are becoming more visible by the day and underpin the strategy for creating a 21st century transport super hub that remains sensitive to its rich tradition. King’s Cross is featured in this third issue of John McAslan + Partners’ online magazine, alongside the Historic Buildings Team’s work on projects for leading educational institutions, prominent residential developments and cultural projects.
We will be updating this issue with the latest news from our heritage projects from around the world; from London to the Caribbean and the Arabian Gulf, we are currently working on a range of projects that present different challenges and opportunities, with our intellectually rigorous approach to conservation complementing and supporting projects throughout our own office and with other design practices.
Working on a broad portfolio of work, we adopt a variety of approaches, our input ranging from overall strategic advice to meticulous analysis of materials. All projects are linked by the Team’s understanding of the significance and value of historic buildings combined with an informed perception of their potential for change ; an idea that is explored further in this issue.
Pauline Nee, Head of Historic Buildings