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In pictures: St Pancras reborn

The Barlow train shed (photo: Troika)

St Pancras Station has undergone an 800m transformation to become the UK's Eurostar hub.

A vintage photograph of the train shed

It was built in the 1860s with grandeur in mind in a bid to outshine London's other stations.

A vintage photograph of the train shed under construction

The train shed, designed by William Barlow, was the largest enclosed space in the world.

A vintage photograph of the former hotel dining room

Sir George Gilbert Scott's neo-Gothic Midland Grand Hotel with its spires and turrets became an instant landmark.

The hotel was reconfigured to accommodate offices

Alas, the building has suffered the vagaries of time and many original features have been damaged.

The restored roof with self-cleaning glass (photo: Troika)

While the hotel is still being refurbished, the rest of the station has been restored to its former glory.

The former booking office restored (photo: Hugo Dixon)

The fine masonry, including stone roses and gargoyles, and tiling were rediscovered after decades under layers of dirt.

The restoration work close up  (photo: Hugo Dixon)

Developers London & Continental Railways worked closely with English Heritage on the restoration project.

The Meeting Place statue (photo: Paul Day)

Boasting upmarket bars, eateries, shops and even a farmers' market, St Pancras wants to be a destination in itself.

View of a Eurostar in station (photo: Hugo Dixon)

With the opening of the new line, it will take 2 hrs 15 min to reach Paris, and one hour and 51 minutes to reach Brussels.

Aerial view of St Pancras (photo: Troika)

The project is spearheading the regeneration of the St Pancras and King's Cross areas.

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