Network Rail has completed the new western concourse at King’s Cross station in London, UK as part of a five-year, £550m revamp at the 160-year-old Grade-I listed station.
The latest upgrade takes the total investment in transport infrastructure in the King’s Cross area to £2.5bn over the last decade.
The new concourse features a larger ticket office, shops, waiting areas, food and drink outlets, larger destination boards, clearer station announcements and more modern facilities.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "The stunning revitalisation of King’s Cross station is set to play a vital role in the wider regeneration of this quarter of the capital."
A new domed roof structure will create a space that is three times larger than the current concourse, with improved links to both the London Underground network and St Pancras station, according to Network Rail.
Over a thousand tonnes of steel, one million specially made heritage bricks, five million ceramic tiles and five million metres of cabling were used during construction.
According to the architects John McAslan + Partners, the lattice-work roof is officially Europe’s largest single-span station structure.
There are entrances to the concourse direct from the tube station and for pedestrians from Euston Road, Pancras Road and through new arcades on the ground floor of the Great Northern Hotel.
Construction work started in 2007 to transform King’s Cross station into a modern transport hub with connections to St Pancras International and London Underground, larger capacity for additional trains and improved facilities.
Work to create a new piazza in front of the station is scheduled to begin following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
A further phase of development to a different area of King’s Cross station will be complete in autumn 2013.
During this phase of development, the station’s double barrel roof and clock tower will be restored while the green canopy installed on Euston Road during the 1970s will be removed to reveal Lewis Cubitt’s original façade.
The area is expected to be transformed into a new public open space similar to the size of Leicester Square by September 2013.
Image: The new concourse will feature a larger ticket office, shops, waiting areas, and food and drink outlets. Photo: Network Rail.