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King’s Cross Ticket Hall Wins Rail Award

12 October 2010

King's Cross Escularor

The Northern Ticket Hall at King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground station has won the ‘Civil Engineering Achievement of the Year’ category at the National Rail Awards.

The 2000 square metre ticket hall, which is located to the west of King’s Cross mainline station and to the north of the Great Northern Hotel, increases station capacity and provides a major boost to passenger movement between mainline services at King’s Cross and St Pancras International stations and the London Underground network. It will also play a vital role in the transfer of passengers during London 2012.

Capita Symonds and its architecture division – Capita Architecture – provided multidisciplinary design and management services on the scheme as part of a Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering/Balfour Beatty Engineering Services joint venture.

The company’s work involved the development of elements of the concept design into construction information and coordination/detail design of the principle services. The production of coordinated drawings for the engineering services were aided by the early construction of a 3D CAD model of the building and services, allowing multiple engineers to work concurrently on the production of detailed installation drawings and subsequently produce accurate record drawings.

As well as creating a new ticket hall, the project also comprised the creation of 300 metres of new tunnels linking the ticket hall with the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria line platforms; ten new escalators and five lifts to provide step-free access to the Victoria and Piccadilly Tube lines from the ticket hall (a lift to the Northern line will be installed by mid 2010); a new ticket office; automated ticketing machines; and retail units. The ticket hall also includes all the back of house facilities and the electrical and mechanical plant rooms below it.

The new ticket hall is part of the wider £800m redevelopment of King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground station