Case Study: Kings Cross Platform 8

March 7, 2018 Heritage, Public, Traditional

Client: Network Rail
Location: Kings Cross Station, London
Size: 2m diameter
Materials: Gold leaf, acrylic paint, brass, illumination
Date: 2012
Project code: 28069

Known fondly as the Harry Potter clock by fans who visit Kings Cross Station. Restored in 2012, it was originally two separate dials, separated by steel rods and located astride a footbridge.

Taking its cue from the elusive platform 9 3/4, the footbridge disappeared. The clock, however, winged its way to our workshops, where within earshot of trains on the adjacent main railway line it would feel quite at home.

We then worked our own magic, designing and building a new cantilevered support bracket, mirroring the style of another in the station.

Meanwhile the dials and case were transformed to a state of newness and equipped with synchronous movements and backup to provide a timekeeping accuracy befitting the location. Then, unseen by anyone but our installation crew, the clock reappeared one night in its old home.

Restored projecting clock installed on a new cantilevered beam.

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