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Allies and Morrison wins £160m King's Cross refurb

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Allies and Morrison is going underground for a £160 million redevelopment of King's Cross tube station. The architect will work with Ove Arup & Partners on a two-stage project expected to run into 2007. The first phase will cost £80 million and include refurbishing the existing ticket hall, concourse and tube platform areas. Planning consent is expected later this year.

The second stage will tie in with the proposed high-speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link for the station. The new tube hall will be linked to overland trains by a subway with 10 escalators. Disabled access will be improved and the ticket hall extended to link up with the new ticket area. Phase two is due to start in 2000 for a finish in 2007, the projected opening of the international line.

Geoff Virrels, programme manager at London Underground, said it would work with English Heritage for the overhaul. 'Part of the job will involve knocking down the front wall to St Pancras Station, a Grade I-listed building.'

David Kaye, Arup project director, said the scale of the project was enormous, involving 17 different disciplines. 'We have to move very quickly,' he said. 'The redevelopment is needed so St Pancras can cope with the demand of being Britain's main international railway terminal.'

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