Monday, October 24, 2016

London Walk: King's Cross to Camden Lock. II Gasholder Development and Park

The Gasholder Development is part of the King’s Cross redevelopment, which is the largest urban redevelopment scheme in Europe. It comprises a conjoined triplet of gasholder guide frames, first constructed in 1867, now being converted to apartments with a starting price of around £900,000. The metal grills slide to give complete privacy and cut heat transmission. They look over the Regent canal with its narrowboats and also Eurostar railway.The adjoining Gasholder Park was opened in 2015. A circular lawn sits inside the guide frame of a Grade II Victorian gasholder, Gasholder No. 8, Constructed in the 1850s, Gasholder No. 8 once formed part of the largest gas works in London, and was a familiar landmark until it was decommissioned in 2000. The fragile 25 metre-high circular guide frame, which has an internal diameter of 40 metres, was painstakingly dismantled from its old location, where Pancras Square is now, in 2011. It was then reerected in 2013 its new home, next to schools and apartments in the Plimsoll Building and the triplet of Gasholders.
At the bottom are two images from the internet showing its reconstruction. 

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