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Mezzanine flooring improves King’s Cross

Posted by Marianne
November 11, 2011 in Community

King’s Cross station is one of London’s major interchange hubs, connecting the East Coast and Scotland with suburban and underground services around and beyond the capital city. Built in October 1852 on the site of a former smallpox hospital, King’s Cross station has undergone a number of reconfigurations as both passenger and freight rail travel developed.

The spectacular Victorian architecture has been featured in many films, television programmes and literature, from the Sherlock Holmes stories of a hundred years ago to the children’s stories Thomas the Tank Engine and as Platform 9¾, departure point for Hogwarts Express.

Now, as part of a £500m redevelopment of the station agreed in 2005, the wrought iron Handyside Bridge, easily recognised by fans of Harry Potter movies, has been dismantled and donated by Network Rail to the Watercress Line in Hampshire, run by volunteers to preserve the romantic bygone era of steam railways.

Many of the original features of King’s Cross station, including the magnificent arched roof, will be restored to their former glory, while some of the more recent additions will be demolished and new areas created. New homes are planned and the existing commercial space will be expanded with the construction of over five million square feet of  office flooring  office flooring.

The work is planned for completion by 2013, by when a new bridge will have been erected, with cafes and shops to be constructed on a  mezzanine flooring  mezzanine flooring level, ensuring a seamless passage from the new concourse onto the platforms and to all parts of the station.

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