Lime Street Gateway


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One of the great railway cathedrals fronting one of Britain’s most impressive public squares had been marred for decades by a post-war development.

GHA swept away these intrusions, opening up the station façade and creating a flight of stone steps that link the station with St George’s Plateau below.

As well as greatly enhancing the World Heritage Site and providing an exhilarating gateway into the city, the public realm scheme improves connections with the underground station where a new stone and glass lift enclosure has been built. This is bookended at the other end of the precinct by a similarly clad art plinth, which discretely houses a substation with the pair reading as monumental pedestals.


National Railway Heritage Award 2011
National Rail Award 2010