Appointed as lead architects by RAM, Dexter Moren Associates have been responsible for sensitively reinstating the iconic Great Northern Hotel. The newly opened hotel features 91 rooms, a bar and restaurant, and provides a new ground level link to allow people to walk between Kings Cross and St Pancras Stations.
The external facade has been sensitively restored to reflect the original design. Over the years the facades have been visually impaired by the installation of now redundant pipework. The refurbishment has seen the removal of such items and the historic brickwork, window frames and stucco detailing reinstated.
The refreshed roofscape conceals a new recessed external plant area which has been designed to be largely invisible from ground level, successfully achieving an important aim of the refurbishment. The deteriorating dormer windows were stripped back to their frames and reclad to match their historic profiles.
One of the key challenges in this project was overcoming constraints to create a modern hotel within a listed Victorian building, compounded by structural and spatial difficulties. This has been achieved in part by reconfiguring the existing basement to provide an efficient back of house for the hotel above.
The team have been awarded a commendation at the 2013 New London Architecture Awards hotels category.