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Great Northern Hotel


The Great Northern Hotel lies adjacent to King’s Cross and close St Pancras International Railway Station. This magnificent, curved, Grade II Listed building has yearned for redevelopment to re­establish its former beauty since its closure in 2001.

We helped to breathe a new life into this iconic site by creating a stunning development that would give visitors arriving at St Pancras International an inspiring entrance to the city.

The Brief

The hotel’s unique slender shape was designed by Lewis Cubitt, a great architect of Victorian London. His aim was to create a structure that made a bold statement against the buildings surrounding it. This grand building required a team of conservation experts that could sympathetically refurbish its famous arcade walkways.

After closing during major improvement work on both stations, the building was scheduled for a major renovation to rediscover it’s beauty as a boutique hotel. Part of this brief was to design and build an outstanding walkway that would tie in with the newly-constructed glazed roof above the railway concourse of King’s Cross.

Our Solution

Working under appointment of the design and build contractor, our team was responsible for the detailing of the construction design packages. This included the refurbishment of the distinctive pedestrian arcades, restoration of the existing façade brickwork and coordinating finer details with the work that was taking place in King’s Cross and St Pancras International.

Under a separate commission, we also worked directly for the developer, creating prospective designs for the fit-out of the building to assist with the buyout.

The result echoes the building’s sentiments of the past, with the beauty and elegance of a bygone era, while making it a lasting landmark for travellers to marvel out for years to come.

Lawray has been a partner of the Corporation of the Church House for over 20 years and in that time has been heavily involved in several large refurbishment projects. The team’s knowledge and skills have proved invaluable in the areas of design, planning and project administration. When redeveloping a listed property, Lawray have ensured that they treat the architecture with sympathy whilst producing space that is effective for modern day requirements. Lawray continues to work closely with our in-house team on forthcoming projects and we would have no hesitation in recommending their work to others.

Mr Ian Bessant, Facilities Manager

The Corporation of Church House (Aug 2013)