A winning station

The transformation of King’s Cross Station by John McAslan + Partners is one of the winners of the 2013 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, unveiled this week by the European Commission and Europa Nostra.

“My warmest congratulations go to this year’s winners,” says Androulla Vassiliou, European commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. “The past can teach us a lot about the present and the future, so we must ensure that our heritage can be appreciated by as many people as possible today and do our utmost to protect it for the benefit of future generations.” 

Says John McAslan, chairman, John McAslan + Partners, “We are delighted to be the recipient of this prestigious award. The redevelopment of King’s Cross Station has been an extraordinarily complex and collaborative process, resulting in a compelling piece of place-making for London. King’s Cross is now an internationally significant transport interchange, fit for the 21st century and beyond.” 

The award ceremony will take place on 16 June at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, in the presence of Androulla Vassiliou, European commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth; Plácido Domingo, world-renowned opera singer; and Europa Nostra president, and Karolos Papoulias, president of Hellenic Republic.


John McAslan + Partners is a leading architectural and design practice based in London, with offices in Manchester and Edinburgh. Its extensive portfolio of award-winning projects in the U.K. and overseas includes cultural, heritage, infrastructure, commercial, residential, education, urban design and landscape sectors.

The practice is known for the successful, sustainable reinvention of historic buildings through adaptive intervention. Completed projects include the award-winning redevelopment of the historic Stanislavsky Factory in Moscow, the Roundhouse arts venue in Camden, the transformation of King’s Cross Station, the British Embassy in Algiers, and the restoration of the Iron Market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Other international work includes a masterplan for the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Canada, and the practice is also working with the Museum of London, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, the Burrell Collection, Glasgow, and a new cultural quarter in Doha, Qatar, including the design of four new and restored heritage museums. In Moscow the practice is designing a world-class art gallery to house a prominent collection of Russian Impressionist paintings, to be located within the redevelopment of the historic Bolshevik Factory.

John McAslan + Partners has won in excess of 65 international awards, including some 15 RIBA Building of the Year Awards, and has been named Architectural Practice of the Year and World Architect of the Year on a number of occasions.

To learn more about the firm. visit mcasian.co.uk