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St Pancras Chambers Also known as The Midland Grand Hotel

 

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  • The Midland Grand Hotel was the largest hotel in the world at opening with 500 rooms. Original costs for guests were 14 shillings (70p) per room.
  • When opened it was the tallest commercial building in the world. Due to the massive costs for the time several floors were trimmed off the original design.
  • The design included hydraulic 'ascending chambers', concrete floors, revolving doors and fire proof floor construction, all unique for their time.
  • Materials used include brick, and polished granite, a cheap but effective Victorian substitute for marble.
  • The actual station was conceived separately from the hotel and features what as at the time the largest single span roof in the world, 74m wide and 30m high not to mention 213m long.
  • At the time the services from the station to Leciester were the longest non-stop route in the world at 97 miles.
  • The hotel closed in 1935.
  • St Pancras Station has featured in many films, the most famous of which is the Ladykillers, the 1950s Ealing Studio classic starring Alec Guiness and Peter Sellers. More recently the grand staircase was the setting of the Spice Girls unfortunately iconic video, Wannabe, and also features in Batman Begins where the caped crusader jumps down the gaps between each floor.
  • St Pancras is widely considered the finest example of Gothic Revival architecture in Britain.
  • In the 1960s the building was threatened with demolition, as Euston Square had suffered. A campaign saw it saved and given Grade 1 listing status.

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Architect
George Gilbert Scott
Developer
York and Midland Railway
Main Contractor
Waring Brothers

Reference Data

Reference No.
313
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
08-10-2014
 

Building Location

Address
Euston Road, Euston, London. N1 9AP
Council
Camden
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1860
Construction start date
1866
Completion date
1873
Renovation Date
2007
Style
Gothic Revival

Roof Height (AGL)
82.00

Total Floors (O.G)
9

Market Data

Primary Use
Hotel
Secondary Use
Clock Tower

Hotel Rooms
500

Land Costs
£19,000.00
Date of Purchase
1860
Construction Cost
£438,000.00
Budget Date
1866

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