On one of London’s busiest traffic islands outside Kings Cross Station, stood a once beautiful building, known as the Lighthouse Building, sadly fallen into dereliction. For years it had been an eyesore left to ruin, providing a home for hundreds of pigeons and many unruly buddleia trees.
In the summer of 2015 (as part of a wider redevelopment of the Kings Cross area) we were commissioned to assist with the restoration of this unusual building. Our work focused on the replacement of the many pretty window surrounds, pediments and dormers. Other components included the rooftop arched balustrading, bracketed cornice and corbels, right down to the 3 metre high pilasters separating the shop fronts. These pilaster units were painstakingly restored from the originals, recreating the intricate carvings. Each unit contains a lion’s face, a four leaved flower and a pulvinated corbel plinth set upon rolled moulded square shafts.
The renovation also included a new armadillo roof and rear extension and is now almost open for business. One important point to note is that some of our dormer units required specialist rubber isolation fixings underneath them. Why?
That last detail about the isolation fixings is imperative as, although handy for the tube, the Lighthouse Building’s basement is only about 1 metre above the underground tunnel.