A row has developed about the retention of historical industrial architecture over the redevelopment of the Haringey Heartlands area. The outline planning application includes the demolition of Hornsey Gas Holder no.1, but many think that  that the industrial heritage of the area should have a place in its redevelopment.

Hornsey Gas Holder No1 is the best preserved example of a heliacal framed holder, in a uniquely prominent position – next to Alexandra palace and the East Coast main line into Kings Cross. Its structure is said to have influenced Sir Norman Foster's design for The Gherkin near London Bridge. The Victorian Society (who are also championing the preservation of Bowes Park’s Tin Tabernacle, Shaftesbury Hall) have called for the Gasholder to be listed and preserved.

Its appearance is not universally appreciated – with some calling it an eyesore – but the local Residents Association for the area have a website which provides some great historical background and is supportive of its preservation.


PS This news has unearthed a beautiful image and fascinating article by Kathleen Duffy

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Members may be interested in today's article in the Ham and High, page 21



The planning application for demolition of the Hornsey Gas Holders is now on the Haringey Council web page:


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