Joint venture takes rail refurb at King’s Cross

A joint venture of UK contractors Laing O'Rourke and Costain has won a contract from Network Rail for the second stage of a US $580 million (£300 million) refurbishment of King's Cross mainline station in north London.

A joint venture of UK contractors Laing O'Rourke and Costain has won a contract from Network Rail for the second stage of a US $580 million (£300 million) refurbishment of King's Cross mainline station in north London.

Kier and Lincolnshire firm C Spencer also bid for the package.

The $77 million deal, known as the Eastern Range refurbishment project, will create new office space and will include building a new platform, subject to planning approval.

 

The project will involve renovating the Grade I-listed office buildings located between York Way and the existing Platform One.

The old roof will be completely removed and replaced, with steel structures being installed to create plant rooms on the top floor. The floors below will then be fitted out to provide the new office space.

The new 220m platform, known as Platform Y, will allow existing platforms to be taken out of service and rebuilt one at a time. The new office space will house businesses relocating from the Western Range offices next March.

The Western Range building will then be refurbished at a cost of around $155 million. Network Rail's refurbishment of King's Cross is part of its masterplan to create a station capable of handling 500,000 passengers a day by 2020.

The Eastern Range refurbishment is scheduled for completion in 2009.

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