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Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« on: January 29, 2015, 10:18:36 AM »


Ah, fond memories...

BBC: Will the UK's gas holders be missed?
        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30405066
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2015, 10:37:30 AM »

Not this one in Hull, its a listed monument {-)

https://ssl.panoramio.com/photo/68102052

If I remember correctly its because it was the first one in the country? I know there was something special about it that gave it listed status.

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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2015, 10:39:14 AM »

It's a shame that they won't be converted into something like housing, offices, retail outlets or leisure venues. Another little bit of our heritage disappears.  <:(
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2015, 10:49:03 AM »

They can't Dave, they are too polluted, people just thought of them as a container, but the gas actually floated on a 'bath' of water to stop it seeping into the ground, but over time that water itself seeped into the surrounding area and polluted that instead. It would take a lot of soil removal to make the area's safe.

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2015, 10:50:08 AM »

  >>:-( The surrounding ground and subsoil will be contaminated with   :embarrassed: carcinogenic tar residue .... Derek
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2015, 10:52:33 AM »

Here's another listed status building in Hull, this time its a bridge :embarrassed: This was the first ferro concrete bridge to be built in the world (1902) Of course all that has happened over time is they filled in underneath it to reinforce the structure and it is now part of a road.

I wonder how many thousands of people must drive or walk over it every day and not realise the history of it! Sad that so much of our history goes unnoticed and uncelebrated for what it is or was.

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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2015, 11:16:29 AM »

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It's a shame that they won't be converted into something like housing

Might make a good conservatory with a bit of glazing....

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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2015, 12:02:34 PM »

Glaze it, fill with water and there you have it
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2015, 12:07:04 PM »

I prefer the architecture of the Abbey of Westminster

For example
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2015, 12:39:38 PM »

As already said Re water  but it was designed to shed water   as the holder rose and fell . In the  Large Gap of the actual  water tank there were  Float valves  fitted to replace the  displaced water . Not to mention actually blowing the seals when  over gassed. We even  blew our holder once  nice Bang and  quite a cocktail of toxic stuff in the water, Which  was not supposed? to run onto/into the ground
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2015, 01:37:04 PM »

Here in Germany they have filled it with water and it is a diving School and they teach Emergency workers how to get people out of crashed cars there, there are a couple of wrecks at the bottom for Training. It is in Oberhausen I think, right close to the Motorway.
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2015, 01:52:02 PM »

In Northampton, they have removed ours against public opinion to build part of a riverside science park that no one seems to want.
 

We seem to have a local council bent on the destruction of anything architecturally worthwhile, replacing it with over budget poorly thought through  buildings .
 
Then they trumpet "heritage projects" with large budgets when most of the historical stuff has been cleeared away by them!
 
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2015, 03:16:38 PM »

I think the big concern for owners is third party liability. If some twerp decides to use them as an oversized climbing frame, falls off and kills or injures them self. A new trend now is roof culture, climbing on top of roofs and other structures, whilst filming yourself with a mobile phone of Go-Pro type camera.
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2015, 03:25:14 PM »

I can remember the ones at purley way near Croydon  I think .could smell them a mile away good job jerry missed them during the @@@ don't mention the war
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2015, 04:05:12 PM »

 :-)) There is still three at Battersea bright green ones,they have a  preservation order on them or they would have been pull down long ago and some ugly yuppie flats replacing them,you can see them from the train leaving Victoria station towards Clapham Junction,god knows what they are doing to the power station I don't hold up much hope by the standards of the buildings they have erected near by,it was an icon of the London riverside and all will be left is the towers and the shell,still if any of you guy's have a spare 1-5 million you might be able to buy one of the flats on the site and the developers say they are affordable,I expect they will be sold to oversea investors who will buy them as an investment and leave them empty like so much of the property in London,I will miss the old skyline of London which is being buried in tall ugly buildings or just knocked down and forgotten and they call it progress,Ray :-)) :-))       
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2015, 04:24:19 PM »

I prefer the architecture of the Abbey of Westminster

For example

Had a Hunch you might or was that Notre Dame ;D
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2015, 04:41:25 PM »

Gas Holders are no longer needed as the Gas system pressure is going to be pumped up more then it is know by lecy pumps. This way the same size pipework will be used to supply more  {-) . Oh and by the way if it gets damaged MORE gas will escape and it will make an even bigger Bang  %% . One more thing, your gas Regulator  will need replacing the cope with the extra pressure . Who will be paying for that then??? Oh yes You the gas user . But its Ok because the new reg comes with a safety cut off device which can be a right S@d to reset.
Progress ?? im not sure.
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2015, 04:42:54 PM »

Architecturally it is uninteresting

Technically it is uninteresting

Aesthetically it is uninteresting it interests the one who worked inside, all around, it is everything I had that under my eyes in my childhood .............. yuk

Forget ever either than Westminster, Notre-Dame  etc........were built with feet in the bottom
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2015, 05:03:08 PM »

Architecturally it is uninteresting

Technically it is uninteresting

Aesthetically it is uninteresting it interests the one who worked inside, all around, it is everything I had that under my eyes in my childhood .............. yuk

Yep. These are redundant industrial gas tanks. The current rage for preserving anything that's existed for more than a decade must be satisfied, so fine, keep one somewhere so those who are deeply attached can pay it an annual pilgrimage. For the rest, yes build over the sites - it'll save another few acres of countryside from development.

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« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2015, 05:05:45 PM »

I will miss the old skyline of London which is being buried in tall ugly buildings or just knocked down and forgotten and they call it progress

I expect one of your ancestors said the same when they built St Pauls  ok2 

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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2015, 05:10:36 PM »

Gas Holders are no longer needed as the Gas system pressure is going to be pumped up more then it is know by lecy pumps.

A similar thing has already happened with water - it's all pumped now and water towers have all fallen out of use. But unlike the gas tanks a lot of water towers are attractive buildings and convert to quite desirable property. (There are exceptions though !)

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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2015, 05:36:30 PM »

 :-)) It is now very difficult to see st Pauls from some parts of London with the tall buildings in between,I am not against progress but when there are so many empty buildings in the capital ( the Shard is only a quarter full) why build more,a friend of mine is a security guard who works in a city office block which has been empty for ten years, what a waste of resources,could this be used instead of building more to lay empty,Ray. :-)) :-)) :-))     
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2015, 07:46:04 PM »

when I was at school 1939 at Carshalton beeches you could see st pauls  now my sister has told me all you see now are cranes and tall buildings
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2015, 08:20:03 PM »

In 200 year time the Shard will be a listed building   %%
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Re: Bye Bye UK Gasometers
« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2015, 08:26:30 PM »

In 200 year time the Shard will be a listed building   %%
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Thats IF it hasn't fallen to the ground by then. {-)
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