Have you discovered Gasholder Park yet?
Wander along the charming canal towpath from Granary Square, and you’ll come across a little park that is big bit different. What Gasholder Park lacks in size, it more than makes up for in personality.
The headliner is the cast iron frame, which once stood on the opposite bank of the canal and held 1.1 million cubic feet of gas. Gasholder No. 8 is the largest of the iconic gasholders that once dominated the skyline at King’s Cross. The intricate wrought-iron structure was dismantled piece by piece, painstakingly restored, and moved to its new home where it today encases a sculpted canopy and lush circular lawn.
During the day the park sees local families, visitors on the King’s Cross Heritage Trail and Central Saint Martins’ students stepping away from the bustle of the city. This is the perfect place to relax and watch the narrow boats at St Pancras Lock. The circular lawn is also a great play space for local families as well as the children who attend the new school in the neighbouring Plimsoll Building.
The history of the Gasholders at King’s Cross
The iconic structures were built in the 1850s as part of Pancras Gasworks. The gasholders remained in use until the late 20th Century and were finally decommissioned in 2000. When the regeneration of King’s Cross kicked off, Gasholders No. 8, together with 10, 11 and 12 were dismantled and shipped piece by piece to Shepley Engineers in Yorkshire. It took two years to restore Gasholder No. 8, and in 2013 it returned to King’s Cross and was rebuilt piece-by-piece in its new home on the banks of the canal. Read more about the history of the gasholders and their preservation.
Joining Gasholder No. 8 on the banks of the canal will be the Gasholders triplet. With its 123 cast iron columns, the triplet will encase new canalside apartments designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.