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London's 'Gasholder No.8' Gets Rennovation
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London's 'Gasholder No.8' Gets Rennovation

Picture of Angelica Gianni
Updated: 6 December 2016
As the world is slowly moving towards technology, innovation, and slowly distancing itself from everything that can be considered to be eco, it is amazing to discover that this is not completely true. In fact, London has taken the time to restore many different aspects of the city. One of the latest additions is in King’s Cross; known as Gasholder No.8, the enormous structure was recently transformed into a cosy circular park.
Old Gasometer in Kings Cross | © Guido Gerding/WikiCommons
Old Gasometer in Kings Cross | © Guido Gerding/WikiCommons

In 1850, Pancras Gasworks was home to Gasholder No. 8, the largest and most important gasholder in London’s skyline. This structure was then expanded in 1883, and at the time, was used to store the town’s gas, which was produced here using the coal from the Imperial Gas, Light, and Coca Cola Company. The gasholder was in fact utilised until the late 20th century.

Gasholder park | © diamond geezer/Flickr
Gasholder park | © diamond geezer/Flickr

In 2011, the iron columns from the structure of this hollow cylindrical cast were dismantled by a Yorkshire construction company, and rebuilt in a new location, on the north side of the Regent’s Canal overlooking Camley Street Natural Park, and St. Pancras Basin. The gasholder was then commissioned to Bell Phillips Architects, and Dan Pearson Studio, before being transformed into a magnificent circular park.

King’s Cross Gasholder | © Robin Hall / WikiCommons
King’s Cross Gasholder | © Robin Hall / WikiCommons

During the day the park is a lovely place to relax, have fun, and spend some time with your family, and friends. If visiting here in the evening appeals to you more, there are plenty of different events to enjoy.