Euston Station, that unloved 1960s slab of a railway station is to be tarted up, a little bit.
Long term readers will remember that I think the station is unjustly maligned, and it just needs the clutter cleared away to reveal the original vast concourse that once dominated the space.
Network Rail has decided to fall back on their increasingly popular mezzanine option, and where the station currently has a cluster of tired little shops running along the back of the building, an 8,000 sq ft balcony will be created, featuring a new bar, a selection of casual dining outlets and a seating area overlooking the main concourse.
The balcony is expected to open to the public in late 2015.
Phase two of the scheme will see the current station food court converted into an expanded retail area by the end of 2015.
The planning documents submitted to the council cover just the exterior changes, which seem to be minimal — just shifting the food huts and tidying up the plaza, so it’s difficult to see in detail how the changes to the interior will look when completed.
One potential upside, from this writers perspective, is that people will be elevated upwards and will be sitting much closer to the often ignored ceiling, which is a masterpiece of concrete design. Maybe giving people a different perspective of the huge open concourse will sway a few more minds towards thinking it’s not that bad a building after all?