The redeveloped London rail terminus is both a gateway to Europe and a shopping destination, with glazing by OAG.
Travellers arriving or departing at St. Pancras International have a range of restaurant and shopping options open to them thanks to the shopping concourse lying in the under-crofting beneath the main platform areas. OAG was responsible for the shop fronts, with the building’s natural exposed brickwork arches offset by our modern, custom-made glazing.
As with the glass walls, barriers, balustrades and doors that we designed for the main railway station, the big problem in the retail strip was building movement. With trains passing overhead, this could be up to 4cm in any direction.
To design the shop front glazing, we used 3D laser surveying and then applied our CAD expertise to model the glass construction and minimise gaps.
Based on this we installed free-standing glass shop fronts that tuck into the bare bricks and steel girders of the Victorian structure, using seals that exceed the very tight smoke management requirements stipulated in the building regulations. The solution is elegant and seamless.
Whether they’re picking up gifts, shopping for themselves or grabbing a coffee, visitors can feel relaxed and inspired in the light, open atmosphere of this grand London landmark.