GEZE’S glass gateway to Europe
The striking glass entrance to St Pancras International in central London has been made possible by the UK’s leading supplier of door and window control systems, GEZE UK, and its industry-leading sliding door operator, the Slimdrive SL.
Designed to impress, astound and amaze European visitors to London, the extension to St Pancras International incorporates a great glass entrance to reflect and complement the old brick structure, uniting old and new in a seamless way. As the slimmest automatic door operator on the market, the Slimdrive SL can be concealed, as well as being bolted directly to glass – creating the perfect flawless façade.
The masterplan for the extension to St Pancras was originally created by Sir Norman Foster and developed by RLE Chief Architect Alistair Lansley on behalf of High Speed 1, who own the new £800m station. Up to 40 million people now use and visit St Pancras International every year and the iconic station has become one of the largest transport hubs in Europe. As such, it was essential to choose an automatic door operator, which was accessible for all, durable enough to cope with the enormous footfall and robust enough to meet the constant high demand of commuters, shoppers and visitors.
GEZE’s unique capabilities were thought indispensable for three key areas throughout the development and the main entrance, ticket offices and information hubs were all fitted with Slimdrive SLs on glass, providing a stylish, practical solution.
Paul Ryan said: “We’re delighted that GEZE has been chosen for this international transport icon. It’s clear that our Slimdrive SLs can meet demands that no other automatic door operator can.
“We’ve installed sixteen operators throughout the station, all bolted to glass for a modern, cutting edge look while complimenting one of the country’s great heritage buildings. These operators are durable and hardwearing enough to cope with the busy travel environment, heavy footfall and high standards of the station operators. In this environment, ongoing maintenance and durability are key concerns, so it’s great news that GEZE’s products were the first choice, in terms of reliability and quality.”