King's Cross Station

  • Nearly 40m passengers use King’s Cross each year, forecast to increase.
  • New concourse roof is a diagrid shell structure.
  • Sweeping space in the concourse will provide an amazing gateway to London.

The sympathetic redevelopment of King’s Cross station in the city of London is turning an unloved, historic rail terminus into a dynamic transport hub and a destination in its own right.

Arup’s work on King’s Cross station embraced transport planning, multi-disciplinary engineering services, security, IT, lighting design, acoustics, visualisation and pedestrian modelling, as well as being the lead consultant.

The £400m restoration and redevelopment was announced in 2005. From the earliest stages, Arup – working with architects John McAslan + Partners – has been at the heart of the design process for this ambitious project.

The core challenge for the project team was threading the requirements of a modern mainline station seamlessly into the historic Grade I-listed structure. They would need to do this while keeping one of the busiest stations in London running safely and smoothly.

The project would also have to integrate with an equally complex underground station. As lead designer for King's Cross St Pancras underground station, Arup has already helped to deliver a project to relieve congestion, improve safety and increase capacity.

After the station concourse is opened in 2012, the £400m redevelopment’s sweeping new space will provide a fitting gateway to London.


  • Kings Cross Station filmPlay video

    Film: a look at the unique lighting design for the new western concourse at Kings Cross Station.

  • The new concourse and roof at Kings Cross Station.Open gallery

    The new concourse roof is a complex diagrid shell structure.

  • Kings Cross roof from above. Credit John Sturrock.Open gallery

    Arup has been at the heart of the design process for this ambitious project.