Kings Cross gas holders – more gas

Gasholder The omniscient Google informs me that there is a winner inthe Kings Cross gasholder design competition.  Building Design have a piece – excerpt follows:

'Bell Phillips & Kimble has beaten 80 other firms to win a competition to design a new use for one of the King’s Cross gasholders.

'The brief was to turn the decommissioned gasholder into an events space, and the firm has exploited the towering structure’s canal-side location to design a roof top water pool and amphitheatre below.

'It is hoped that full concept design work will begin on the project, which has a £2.5 million budget, in 2011.'

The strong conditionality at the end 'hoped', 'concept' 'begin' is to be expected given the current market for speculative development.  It is hard to see who would lend money to somone hoping to build an events space, with the construction risks of this unusual structure in central London right now.

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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2 Responses to Kings Cross gas holders – more gas

  1. Andrew says:

    In my experience, I have seen that “hope” is actually one of the most tried and tested of all of the management tools available to the construction industry!! 🙂

  2. Sophie Talbot says:

    In my experience ‘hope’ is used to pull the wool over people’s eyes during large programmes like King’s Cross Central whilst what is actually delivered is short-sighted grubby and boxy! We all need to keep a sharp eye on the actually planning applications are they are made arther than getting our hope up too much by inspirational design concepts…. go to to keep up with the applications and for help with submitting objections to them….. (sorry to use the term ‘objections’ but that’s how you make a comment to a planning application whether or not it’s an objection in reality…. god our democratic systems are a complete confusing mess aren’t they. Anyone would think the powers that be are obfuscating intentionally….)

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