Paddington station

3 February 2007

Paddington station opened in 1854 and was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The original part of the roof is 213 metres long and comprises three spans of between 20 and 32 metres, linked by transepts. A fourth span was added in the early 20th century, carefully designed to match the others. In 2003, plans to demolish the Grade I listed extension to make way for office buildings were announced, but following an outcry the plans were eventually abandoned. It seems the powers that be have just about learnt the errors of their ways in the 1960s, which saw the construction of abominable staions such as Euston and Birmingham New Street.

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