BBS has succeeded in creating an attractive hard landscaping solution here, supplying stone from opposite sides of the world – combining the use of Chinese granite and UK- sourced Sandstone. The images demonstrate how this interesting mix of stone came together to freshen up the train station in St Pancras, Kings Cross. The beauty of the streetscape design here is that the architectural landscape has fused the different colours of Chinese granite paving setts instead of using large element granite paving flags, producing a modern natural stone solution.
The original Station was designed in 1868 in the style of Gothic Revival architecture, by architects George Gilbert Scott and William Henry Barlow. It is now know as the St Pancras International, in central London. As with many other public buildings, it has been forced to change and move with the times in order to cope with the changing demands of vehicular and pedestrian requirements. Hard landscaping materials and solutions have also had to change and evolve with the needs of transportation. Fusing the old and the new, producing an attractive and practical everyday space was important to the designers. They, using materials supplied by BBS, have succeeded in this and it will be admired well into the future.
The whole natural stone solution employed Sandstone paving setts to frame the parking areas and set them off each other at right angles. Traditional sandstone flags were used on the extremities of the hard landscaping design to bring it back into the public domain. This then allowed the whole concept to take on a fresh, modern look – despite the fact that these stones are millions of years old. The straight lines achieved with these architectural landscape materials are the result of good design and workmanship and the use of modified mortar to the joints. This design, using stone supplied by BBS, together with the application of good engineering principles has resulted in a streetscape design which, as well as being aesthetically pleasing, is a practical solution which will beautifully with modern traffic situations.