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New crown King's Cross

05/14/2009 AT 06:37

The new £27m roof will see the installation of 15,000sq metres of new glazing for the main train shed and will include 2,500sq metres of photo-voltaic glass generating 10% of the station's electricity needs. The work also involves the repair, refurbishment and renewal of the main wrought-iron structure dating from the 1850s.

The work has been carefully planned so that it can be carried out without causing disruption to the running of the station, thanks to an innovative roof access system which provides a safe platform for engineers to work from while train services continue to operate below.

Network Rail has appointed Kier Construction to carry out the work which will take three years to complete.

Ian Fry, programme director for Network Rail said: “This is a vital piece in the jigsaw of the entire redevelopment of King's Cross station. The roof renewal will make the station brighter, more environmentally friendly and a better place to be. Crucially, we have carefully planned the way we carry out this work so that it causes no disruption to train services as we restore this impressive structure back to its former glory.”

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