St Pancras wins RIBA award

St Pancras International station sped off with two winner’s plaques at the RIBA London Awards 2008 for its sensational refurbishment and redevelopment
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The redevelopment of St Pancras was commended for conservation and attention to detail
English Heritage gave the spectacular station a special award, commending it for conservation and for attention to detail in the restoration of the magnificent steel span.

But more modest projects also won in this celebration of London architecture: John Pawson’s Sackler Crossing, a delicate walkway bridge in Kew Gardens, and the beautiful sliced-off steel cone that is the new Greenwich Observatory.

So, too, did the Coin Street Medical Centre, with its colourful wood cladding, by Haworth Tomkins. The refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall, by Allies and Morrison, got a special award for public space.

Private houses also showed an exciting face, using a lot of wood, glass, and attention to light. Particularly good were Alison Brooks’s Herringbone house clad in wood in giant patterns like parquet, and Ash Sakula’s house for an art collector with its basement roof reminiscent of a turtle’s back, with glass lights.

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