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Gasholder No. 8 Park, Kings Cross, London - Vecom Sillavan Metal Treatment Ltd,

10 Mar 2015

 

Gasholder No. 8 History

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The Grade-II listed Gasholder No.8 was built in the 1850s and decommissioned in 2000.


Originally located at St Pancras, it was taken apart and restored in Yorkshire in 2011, before being rebuilt at its new location north of the Regent's Canal in 2013.

 

The associated park will open in 2015 and will provide play space for the new academy primary school next door and the co-located Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children.

 

The gasholder was featured in the 1955 film "The Lady Killers" and the video for the Oasis song "Supersonic".

 

About the Project

 

The beautiful cast iron structure has been painstakingly restored and moved to a new home north of the canal. Here it will house a park with a spectacular sculpted canopy and paths leading down to the canal. By day, this is the perfect spot to pause and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. By night, subtle lighting transforms the park into a unique destination for events.


The park will be a play space for local families as well as the children who attend the new schools in the neighboring Plimsoll Building.

 

About the Design

A circular central lawn lies within the gasholder frame. The lawn is framed by a stainless steel canopy supported by 150 delicate fin columns. These columns are made from stainless steel with both mirrored and satin finishes by Vecom Sillavan, Bury in conjunction with Little Hampton Welding, Vecom Sillavan will polish 77 tonnes of stainless steel sheet on this project. The roof of the canopy is perforated with diamond shaped holes that enables the structure to playfully interact with light. Between the columns are trees and low level planting. While to the south, steps lead down to the banks of the canal. The park was designed by Bell Phillips Architects and the planting by Dan Pearson Studio.

 

About the Guide Frame

Gasholder No. 8 is the largest of the gasholders that once dominated the landscape at King’s Cross. The iconic structures were built in the 1850s as part of Pancras Gasworks.


The gasholders remained in use until the late 20th Century and were finally decommissioned in 2000. When the regeneration of King’s Cross kicked off, Gasholders No. 8, together with 10, 11 and 12 were dismantled and shipped piece by piece to Shepley Engineers in Yorkshire. It took two years to restore the Gasholder and in 2013 it returned to King’s Cross and was rebuilt piece by piece in its new home on the banks of the canal.


Joining Gasholder No. 8 will be the Gasholders triplet with its 123 cast iron columns encasing new residential canal side apartments designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

 


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