Bell Phillips + Kimble architects has been selected as the winner of King’s Cross Central’s Gasholder No. 8 design competition.
Originally constructed in the 1850s, the distinctive 25m high circular guide frame is a Grade II listed structure currently stands to the south of the Regent’s Canal. Disused since 2001, Gasholder No. 8 will be dismantled from its present location, refurbished and re-erected to the north of the canal and will eventually sit next to the three other gasholders – the Triplet - which will house apartments, a possible top floor restaurant and ground floor retail. This group of gasholders, situated next to the canal, will echo the original collection of gasholders that made up the Imperial Gas Works located at King’s Cross. Removal, refurbishment and re-erection of the gasholder is to be funded separately.
The culmination of the competition brings the first stage of this design project to a close. It is likely that full concept design work with the winning team will commence in 2011. Listed Building Consent and detailed planning consent will be required for the Gasholder No. 8 scheme.
By day, the large shallow pool will be a play space for children, and by night, a more tranquil public space. Beneath the ‘roof-top’ pools is an internal events space with a series of glass lenses in the ceiling lighting the space below and offering dramatic views of the gasholder structure above.
The panel were particularly impressed with how Bell Phillips + Kimble’s design, with changing water levels as a result of the different uses, echoes the rise and fall of the gasholder when it was still in use. They also felt that leaving the gasholder structure open was a good design decision – with the design celebrating the structure itself and taking account of surrounding uses.