Structural heritage commendation for Lighthouse

16 November 2016
“A delicate balancing act” and “carried out with exemplary care” were the judges’ comments commending the 1875 Lighthouse building, which was constructed over underground tunnels immediately beneath the building.

Jackie Heath. Ramboll

Jackie Heath

Project Director
T: +44 20 7631 5291

The local landmark, the Lighthouse building is a charming Grade II listed building with a curved nose, sitting at a busy intersection in Kings Cross, London. With a restored façade and extended roof to secure its long term viability, the Lighthouse building continues its story having just completed an incredible project on a very constrained site.

Conservation engineer, Jackie Heath comments on the commendation: “Undertaking a project like the Lighthouse is about genuine dedication to conservation. Using our experience of asset protection and historic buildings, coupled with the very latest advanced engineering analysis, we were able to assess the effects of the proposals on the ground and tunnels that are located directly beneath the building.

This analysis not only informed the design and construction processes, but critically provided reassurance to the client; UK Real Estate, and the rail authorities of the feasibility to proceed to increase the building’s capacity, which we did with minimal load changes to the tunnels.

The beautiful new curved steel vaulted roof designed by Latitude Architects, and restored lighthouse brings back this local icon, and we’re delighted it has been recognised by the Institution of Structural Engineering Judges with this Structural Heritage Award”.


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