Monday, 12 March 2012

Watch This Space No.2

I've recently being doing some illustration work for the St. Pancras Hotel which I'll hopefully be able to unveil shortly. In the meantime and as way of a little teaser I thought I'd share some images of the building with you. The St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel to give it's full title opened in 2011 occupying much of the former Midland Grand Hotel which itself had opened in 1873. I have to say that having visited the building the new work has been carried out to sympathetically complement the original beauty and grandeur and is most impressive.

In 1865 the Midland Railway Company held a competition for the design of a 150-bed hotel to be constructed next to St Pancras Station, which was still under construction at the time. Eleven designs were submitted, including the chosen one by the architect George Gilbert Scott, which at 300 rooms far exceeded both brief and budget.

Running costs led to the building closing in 1935 and it later became used as office by British Rail. In the 1990's the exterior underwent remedial works to the tune of £10,000,000 and eventually planning permission was granted in 2004 for the building to be redeveloped into a hotel once more. The main public rooms of the old Midland Grand have been now been restored, along with some of the bedrooms and the upper floors of the original building have also been redeveloped as apartments.

Naturally, I choose to show images below of the area that interests me most - the Booking Office bar!

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