I first came to Grade 1 listed St. Pancras Chambers as a security guard with a film unit in 1996. It was to be the start of a 17 year association that saw me become the security supervisor responsible for all the nearby properties owned or purchased by London & Continental Stations & Properties under the Channel Tunnel Railways Act, in order to bring the high-speed lines into St. Pancras for Eurostar and High Speed 1.
In 2006 I joined Laing O’Rourke, the contractor appointed for the enabling works on St. Pancras Chambers. When their work ended in 2007 I joined the developer of the building, Manhattan Loft Corporation, as work got under way to adapt and restore some of the site to reopen in 2011 as the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
I then joined Marriott, the hotel group responsible for running the hotel, as Tour Guide and Historian.
During those 17 years I got a unique insight into the workings of modern an ancient railway companies; the history of St. Pancras Chambers, formerly the Midland Grand Hotel; Victorian Gothic architecture; the hotel industry and its history; and modern and ancient building practices.
I took over 20,000 photographs of the works, met countless artists, artisans, chefs, Churchmen & women, Lords and Ladies and even the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.
I gave tours to over 25,000 members of the public, supervised many Open House events allowing in excess of 35,000 people to see and enjoy the building and I met many people that had worked in the building and were willing to share their stories with me.
Many films, commercials, pop promos, documentaries, photo shoots, art exhibitions and fairs have used the building over the years.
I have an extensive list of these as well as personal anecdotes of those whilst I was there.
Over the years I have given many talks and presentations all over the country to groups varying from local W.I. members, the Association of Chief Po
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