The grade II listed Great Northern Hotel, originally set out on the line of the River Fleet, facing King’s Cross Station, was the subject of a radical intervention by Allies and Morrison. The design involved the removal of most of the load-bearing chimney stacks at the lower levels and dropping the raised ground floor to grade. New openings and a public arcade were also created, with the aim of opening up the ground level to the intense pressures of pedestrian traffic which flows between London’s two major railway stations of King’s Cross and St. Pancras and the redeveloped neighbourhood to the North and central London to the South.
Intersection with the city
A new arcade
* Projects while at Allies & Morrison