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Bell Phillips' Gasholder Park opens at King's Cross

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A cast-iron Victorian gasholder at King’s Cross has begun a new life as a public park, six years after Bell Phillips Architects won a design competition for the scheme

The Grade II-listed gasholder No 8 is one of three of such decommissioned structures that will link the regenerating north London district’s future with its past.

Bell Phillips’ design has added a 30m-diameter polished stainless steel canopy inside the reconditioned 25m-tall structure, which has been moved from its original location to a site next to the Regent’s Canal.

Hari Phillips, partner at Bell Phillips, said Gasholder Park combined the industrial heritage of Kings’s Cross with contemporary architecture.

‘To design a new use for such a well-known London landmark was both a daunting responsibility and an unmissable opportunity,’ he said. ‘We have hugely enjoyed watching Gasholder Park take shape, and we hope that it will become a much-loved public space as King’s Cross continues to emerge as one of London’s most interesting new quarters.’

Three other historic gasholders have been dismantled and are being rebuilt next to Gasholder Park, where they will re-used as part of an apartment-development designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

Project data

Architect/landscape design Bell Phillips Architects
Landscape architects Townshend Landscape Architects
Planting Dan Pearson Studio
Main contractor (canopy and landscape) Carillion
Main contractor (gasholder) BAM Nuttal
Canopy subcontractor Littlehampton Welding
Gasholder refurbishment Shepleys
Lighting consultant Speirs and Major
Project manager Argent
Structural engineer Arup
Services engineer Hoare Lea
QS Gardiner and Theobald
CDM co-ordinator David Eagle
CAD software Bentley MicroStation

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