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St Pancras - A Family Project - 121 Years On.

Our MD’s great, great Grandfather was Francis Wright, a leading industrialist between 1830 and 1873.

Living in Derbyshire, he had interests in mineral mining, coal, brick manufacturing, railways and manufacturing wrought iron structures.

In 1886 his company built St Pancras station in London, a 240 foot unsupported wrought iron span building, over 100 feet high, one of the largest spans in the world, using 9000 tons of wrought iron.


Timber form work supported the iron frame.                     The completed structure.


Francis Wright's brickwork company, the Butterley Company, also supplied the 60 million bricks for the station building.

 

Exterior of St Pancras

Although under threat of demolition in the 1960, in more recent years the station has been refurbished to become the terminus for the Eurostar trains travelling between the UK and Europe via the channel tunnel.


 

So we were delighted to be involved with the historic family building when asked to prepare stainless steel plates to be used as slip resistant covers over cable ducts in the platforms at St Pancras, as part of the refurbishment for Eurostar.   We blasted these plates with coarse blast media to ensure the surface was non-slip from every angle, even if wet. 

  
 

The station was re-opened in late 2007.  The pictures above show the plates at our works, their positions on the platforms and Karen testing them out on a recent trip on Eurostar to Paris!