Coming up the escalators, customers are greeted by an open and inviting glazed shop front with views through to the feature bar and across to the unique station garden and its arched entrance. Working with engineers to tackle modern day trepidations meant the space was designed to protect customers during an incident, for example the shopfront was designed to be bomb blast resistant.
The scheme evokes the journey through a railway station focusing on all the components of the railways throughout the ages. Each area has its own room set such as the waiting room, the station master’s office, the firebox of a steam train and a vintage carriage.
Bric-a-brac was introduced to create a sense of history such as ‘left behind’ items to graphics of Euston’s power signalling schematic. A custom built 7 meter signal map with LED switch indicators is the ultimate accessory here, mimicking the maps from the old signal boxes.
With four distinct areas The Signal Box provides multiple offerings to the eclectic customer base within Euston Station. Seating throughout the dining area consists of modern and mid-century styles, utilising train style carriage booths and bench details to add interest and create intimate seating areas. There is a mix of high and low seating throughout to meet expected customer needs.
The garden takes its inspiration from a ticket office and elements of a traditional railway platform. Arched rusting metalwork, creeping vine planting, landscaping and earthy tones, reclaimed brick and railway sleepers along with polished hardwood timber benching, create a unique station garden for Euston Station.
Every good beer garden needs a bar and Euston Station is no exception. Designed to
take pressure off the main bar and add a sense of independence to the garden space, the Garden Bar, with its own cellar, offers a full range of drinks for thirsty travellers.
The bar is influenced by the architectural details such as a brick effect tiled floor and Victorian tilled bar apron and items found within old Underground stations such as classic running tracks and sleepers. A bespoke wallpaper ‘stained glass’ ceiling feature is the most memorable feature in this fine architectural space and beautifies its structure.
The Signal Box will be a buzzing, exciting destination for travellers to have a swift pint or a sit-down meal with friends, or to a business meeting with clients.
Opened in 1968, Euston Station is London’s only post-war mainline station. Its clean simple lines, white tiles and polished surfaces set the station apart from the old soot covered brick piles of St Pancras, Victoria and Waterloo. This is a station that came into existence in the decade of supersonic jet planes, efficient diesel engines and flights to the moon. Its modern design symbolised the 1960s and held the promise of great developments.