Dexter Moren Associates has been appointed as lead architect and will work with a consortium led by RAM, to restore and redevelop the Great Northern into a luxury boutique hotel at King’s Cross Central.
This signature building was one of the first examples of the great railway hotels built at the height of the Victorian era. It was designed to an Italianate style with classical details and has been in continuous use for almost 150 years up until its closure in 2001, in advance of works taking place at the Kings Cross Underground Station.
The 19th Century Grade II listed hotel has an abundance of charm, evoking quintessential British style and the halcyon days of travel. In recent times the hotel’s glamour has faded somewhat, but it is now set to become chic and elegant once more as the gateway into King’s Cross Central and to Europe via St Pancras International.
The new boutique hotel will comprise 94 luxury bedrooms, a bar and restaurant, and is set to open in late 2011 in time for the London 2012 Olympics.