May 23 2013 Latest news:
By MAX WALTERS
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The fight to save a historic gasholder has intensified as The Victorian Society has called for it to be saved from demolition.
The national charity which campaigns to protect the Victorian and Edwardian historic environment has leapt to the defence of the gas ring, which is due to be demolished to make way for the Haringey Heartlands development between Wood Green and Hornsey.
The gasholder, known as Hornsey no.1, was erected in 1892 and the society described it as “a key part of London’s industrial heritage”.
Heloise Brown, conservation adviser for the Victorian Society, said: “This is not just any old gasholder. Hornsey no.1 will soon be the last surviving example of a highly innovative design and it must not be lost.
“It could be easily incorporated into a new development and keeping the gasholder’s elegant and geometrical frame would provide a link with the past and a remarkable engineering achievement.”
It is one of only two remaining gasholders built using the innovative “geodesic” design said to have inspired the Gherkin skyscraper in the City.
But the other in Tunbridge Wells is already scheduled for demolition to make way for housing.
The Hornsey no.1 gasholder will also be destroyed if the Haringey Heartlands scheme of more than 1,000 new homes and flats is granted planning in the future, and the Victorian Society has written to Haringey Council to object.
Colin Marr, 71, of the Alexandra Palace & Park Conservation Committee, who lives in Muswell Hill, said: “I’m very pleased. The involvement of the Victorian Society is both timely and much appreciated. We will try our hardest to ensure it becomes a listed building.”
But a spokesman for Haringey Heartlands landowners, National Grid and the London Development Agency, said: “The gasholder has twice failed to gain listed status from English Heritage.
“We will continue to push forward plans and the gasholders do not feature in them.”