Spot the difference: Striking similarities between South Yorkshire shopping centre plans and London rail terminus

The new shopping centre (on the left, in case you were wondering) has been modelled on the iconic railway station
The new shopping centre (on the left, in case you were wondering) has been modelled on the iconic railway station
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An eagle-eyed reader has pointed out the striking similarities between plans for a new shopping centre in South Yorkshire and one of London's most famous railway stations.

Michael Smith said he was stopped in his tracks when he came across an artist's impression in The Star of a £50m development planned for Waverley, in Rotherham.

An artist's impression of how the planned shopping centre at Waverley will look

An artist's impression of how the planned shopping centre at Waverley will look

"I could not help but wonder why Sheffield would have the slightest interest in what was going at London’s King’s Cross railway station," he said.

Dransfield Properties, one of the developers behind the scheme, which it claims would create 700 jobs, admitted the design had been inspired by the iconic station facade.

"Your reader is correct - the architecture is indeed inspired by the style of architecture at Kings Cross," said a spokeswoman for the firm.

She added that rooftop walkways planned at the development also owed a lot to another famous piece of railway architecture.

King's Cross railway station in London (photo by Christine Matthews, via Geograph)

King's Cross railway station in London (photo by Christine Matthews, via Geograph)

She said they were based on the style of the High Line in New York, an elevated railway line converted into a public park.

The Star revealed last week how plans for the £50m development on the old Orgreave coking plant site near Catcliffe, close to the border with Sheffield, had been submitted to Rotherham Council.

The scheme - a joint venture between Harworth Group and Dransfield Properties - would include a supermarket, shops, offices and leisure facilities.

But Mr Smith said he was not impressed.

The High Line in New York has also provided inspiration for the planned development in Rotherham (photo by Beyond My Ken, via Wikimedia Commons)

The High Line in New York has also provided inspiration for the planned development in Rotherham (photo by Beyond My Ken, via Wikimedia Commons)

"My doctor has advised me not to submit my thoughts about the Waverley site, for fear that it may cause me MORE serious cardiac problems," he joked.

"He is all-too-familiar with my views about the place, especially the potential £Trillions-worth of missed opportunities that were staring them in the face there."

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