Euston Station is the southern terminus of the West Coast Mainline rail route, the busiest passenger route in Britain. 71 million people use the station each year. The original Euston Station was opened in 1837, but was completely rebuilt in conjunction with the electrification of the West Coast mainline between 1963 and 1968, however, there has been little overall change since then.
In order to create more space and provide and area for passengers to relax and eat, away from the hustle and bustle of the station concourse, an additional 11,000 sq. ft. was created in the front section of the existing station concourse. This provided new retail space and new seating and waiting areas. A balcony overlooking the concourse provided 8,000 sq. ft. of this additional space. Access was provided via escalators and a lift erected inside the station. The new space featured a bar, a selection of casual dining outlets and a seating area overlooking the main concourse.
To create this additional space, the balcony in particular, the design had to take into consideration the existing basement car park and taxi ranks for the station. It was also necessary to build inside a working station concourse, above the entrance to the tube line, whilst keeping this busy station operational.