The fit out of St Pancras International was the final stage of the overall High Speed 1 project which started in 1996 with a total project cost of £5.8 billion. High Speed 1 provides a high speed route which has reduced the overall journey times to Paris, Lille, Brussels and beyond by up to 45 minutes.
St Pancras International, which has a Grade I listing, is one of the country's most iconic buildings. It underwent a major construction programme of refurbishment and extension to accommodate the new Eurostar operation, which transferred from Waterloo Station, as well as East Midlands Trains, First Capital Connect and the Southeastern high speed domestic service from December 2009. High Speed 1 is the UK's first high speed railway, the largest single engineering project ever undertaken in the UK and the country's first major railway project for over 100 years.
Faithful+Gould provided project management services for the fit out of the Eurostar and Border Control Authority areas at St Pancras International as well as project management, cost management and safety services for the operational Ebbsfleet International. Work has also commenced on the fit out of Stratford International, a key transport hub for the London 2012 Olympics, where similar services will be provided. To ensure the stations were completed in time for the Queen's official launch of High Speed 1 and opening of St Pancras International. St Pancras International is a building of historic interest, and is Grade I listed. Intricate Victorian detailing had to be meticulously restored. All works as part of the redevelopment of the station were subject to strict guidelines from English Heritage.
St Pancras International provides a whole new travel experience including over 80,000ft2 of retail accommodation as well as restaurants, cafes, a gastro pub and the longest champagne bar in Europe. The station now successfully supports in excess of 40 million passengers and visitors a year and the continued provision of a safe and secure environment is essential.