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Last chance to enter King's Cross gasometer contest

Architects and designers now have until the end of this week (24 July) to register in the contest to overhaul a Victorian gasometer at King’s Cross.

Competition-backers, the King’s Cross Central development team, have set aside £2.4 million to create a new public space around Gasholder No. 8 which is to be re-erected as part of the massive revamp of the central London site.

Roger Madelin, the joint chief executive of Argent - the asset and development manager of King’s Cross Central - said: ‘I have always said that the 19th Century gasholders need to form an integral part of the 21st Century vision for King’s Cross Central.  They are already symbolic of the area and are magnificent examples of the rich industrial history of King’s Cross. 

He added: ‘Retaining a heritage structure doesn’t necessarily equate to sticking to traditional ideas. Our ingenious housing plans for the tripletand now this competition for Gasholder No. 8 show how the possibilities are endless.’ 

Entrants must be led by a practising, registered architect or landscape architect with a UK office.

Designers can register their interest in the competition via the King’s Cross Central website up until Friday 24 July. Design entries can then be submitted until the deadline ‘for ideas’ of Friday 7 August. 

To register designers need to visit the following website before 24 July:

New contest: architects needed to revamp King’s Cross gasometer (10 June 2009)

The partners delivering King’s Cross Central have launched a design competition for one of the abandoned Victorian gasometers on the key London regeneration site’

Archant, London & Continental Railways and the DHL Supply Chain are looking to create ‘an enchanting place’ in and around the Grade-II listed gasholder no. 8 in the ‘heritage heart’ of the 28ha redevelopment site.

According to the competition brief: ’We want to establish a place that draws people, both locals and visitors, to relax, to have fun and to play.

‘It will have a different feel from the surrounding environment but will make the most of its location next to the canal and the fantastic heritage structure of the gasholder.’

The 25m-high, circular guide frame structure has an internal diameter of more than 35 metres and will be taken off-site for restoration before being re-erected on the northern side of the Regent’s Canal overlooking Camley Street Natural Park and St Pancras Basin.

The winning scheme will sit next to a triplet of gasholders which are to be converted into apartments under proposals by Wilkinson Eyre.

Organisers of the two stage gasholder competition are initially looking for ‘inspiring concept designs’ responding to the objectives set out in the brief.

Interest can be registered from 22 June and the deadline for ideas is 7 August 2009.

The brief and site plan are attached (right). For more information visit the King’s Cross Central website.

Readers' comments (1)

  • it has served its purpose and can go now. it will be much more cost-effective and sustainable to build something compeletely new. we can't try to integral anything old into the future.

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