A Grade 1 listed status, St. Pancras International, had fallen into neglect by the 1980s. As part of the High Speed 1 project, St. Pancras International has been transformed into one of the largest passenger interchanges in Europe and the London Gateway for Eurostar.
Key structural changes, in the form of a new flat roofed train shed, were an essential element of the project in order to accommodate the 400m long Eurostar trains and provide increased capacity for domestic services. The station is now home to fifteen platforms and in the future it will accommodate high speed links with Kent and the Olympic site in 2012. Working closely with English Heritage and LB Camden they were able to retain original features of the station.
Significantly, this project has underpinned widespread regeneration in the area by providing a major impetus for investment. This project inspired Regent Quarter, to the east, which is a mix of new and refurbished commercial space, homes, a hotel, and retail space. With the future delivery of the Kings Cross Central scheme, an eight million sq ft mixed-use development, this area will be at the centre of further regeneration.
Simon Pott, chairman of judges said: “This project is a remarkable example of a carefully designed and completed building project that is delivering powerful regeneration in the surrounding area. St. Pancras International delivers not only excellent functionality, but a stylish and beautiful destination that loses none of its original charm. It is a truly exceptional project.”
The RICS Awards recognise excellence, value for money and a commitment to sustainability. Project of the Year is awarded to any entry that is judged to have excelled in any, or all of the main categories.
The other category winners are; Beeleigh Abbey, Essex (Building Conservation); St Stephen’s, Yorkshire (Regeneration); The Orchard, Northern Ireland (Sustainability) and The Gateway, Warrington (Community Benefit).
St Pancras and the 2008 winners join an elite group of past winners including the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, the Eden Project in Cornwall and the site of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. With 294 entries from around the globe, the full spectrum of organisations and projects worldwide were represented - from small schemes, to extensively funded, globally recognised developments.
To see pictures of the 2008 winning projects click on the gallery below