St Pancras International by Alastair Lansley (for Union Railways) has won the Crown Estate Conservation Award 2008.
The announcement was made on Saturday 11 October at a special awards ceremony for the RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects' Journal at the BT Arena and Convention Centre in Liverpool. The winning practice was presented with a cheque for £5,000 by Roger Bright, Chief Executive of the Crown Estate.
The Crown Estate manages a large and uniquely diverse portfolio of land and buildings across the UK. One of its primary concerns is to demonstrate that conservation is not a dry academic discipline; it is the practical art of making yesterday's buildings work for people today.
The design strategy for St Pancreas involved radical intervention – the removal of part of the floor to link the pedestrian circulation in the undercroft (formerly a barrel store) to the train shed above - as well as restoration of the majestic interior of the Barlow and Ordish train shed. It was a brilliant strategy that intentionally establishes the magnificence of the architecture.
Speaking about the building, Roger Bright said:
"Enormous care has been taken in restoring the original structure with scholarly reference to historic documentation and skilful consultation and collaboration with the local planning authority, English Heritage and other bodies. The establishment and maintenance of such relationships were critical to progressing the project. The result is that the Barlow roof now lives up to its billing as the architectural and engineering focus of the building – some would say the best example of its kind in UK railway architecture."
The other shortlisted buildings for the award were:
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds by Levitt Bernstein Associates
The Listed Wind Tunnels, Farnborough by Julian Harrap Architects
De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-on-Sea by John McAslan & Partners
Royal Festival Hall, London by Allies and Morrison