Euston Station, London

R. L. Moorcroft & R. Seifert & Partners
Date Built
1968 - 1975
Euston Road
These images of Euston Station were taken in 2015.  In recent times its neighbouring stations along the Euston Road have undergone significant refurbishment.  Despite threats to demolish it, St Pancras was refurbished and became an international station at the end of HS1.  Kings Cross now features a spectacular new concourse and has emerged once more from behind a mess of ugly structures that passengers had to navigate to get into the building.  The Euston we see in 2015 represents what British Rail appeared to think was an improvement when it demolished the original Victorian station in the late 1960s.  In the opinion of many it is overdue for redevelopment.  A new station has been promised to act as the terminus of the proposed HS2 line to Birmingham and beyond.  When, and perhaps if, this will actually happen is still to be determined.

In the images above and below you  can see the station building designed by R. L. Moorcroft in 1968.  It was built to replace Philip Hardwick’s neo-classical masterpiece of 1837.  RIBA described that building as, "... one of the glories of the British railway age."  The Times described Moorcroft's replacement as, "... the nastiest concrete box in London."  In an article on the "" website it is described as a, "... concrete coffin that now masquerades as a station concourse."

On the forecourt of the new station Richard Seifert designed a complex of buildings that incorporated three low-rise office blocks and a linking block that sits up on pillars. 

Mark Crinson, writing on the 20th Century Society says of Seifert's buildings that , "The svelte surfaces of these towers combine polished black stone, glass, and metal frames in one solemn yet classy skin. The ground floor spaces reward examination, and those wonderful corner windows on the towers are one of my favourite details in late British modernism, reminiscent of the glamorous discretion of a 1920s Viennese shop front. Seifert’s designers had a way with a sleek, rather continental glamour –  Mies meets retro-moderne."

Outside the station is this statue of Robert Stephenson.

Also outside the station is this sculpture by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924- 2005) it was installed in 1980 as a tribute to the theatre director Erwin Piscator (1893- 1966).

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