Gasholders 10, 11 & 12, King's Cross

1 Lewis Cubitt Walk, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BX, UK, United Kingdom

Former Use: Gasholders
New Use: Residential
Category: Residential
Original Architect: -
Reuse Architect: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Construction year(s): 1860 - 1880
Reuse year(s): 2011 - 2016


Gasholders Nos. 10, 11 and 12 were built for the storage of town gas for Pancras Gasworks, the largest gasworks in London.
The gasholders were originally constructed in 1860-67 and enlarged in 1879-80 with new interconnected guide frames and telescopic lifts. Gas was manufactured here using coal from the Imperial Gas, Light and Coke Company until the late 20th Century when the gasworks was decommissioned. The gasholders are known as the ‘Siamese Triplet’ because their frames are joined by a common spine. The frames are highly decorative with three tiers of hollow cylindrical. The frames are highly decorative with three tiers of hollow cylindrical cast iron columns, cast iron capitals and three tiers of wrought iron riveted lattice girders.
The gasholders have been restored by a specialist engineering firm in Yorkshire. Now returned to King’s Cross,
their new home is north of Regent’s Canal. Here the triplet frame has been re-erected around a series of apartment buildings. The historic, cast-iron structures create a stunning setting for new studio, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments, many with fantastic views over the water. At the top of the buildings the roof gardens will provide magnificent views over the canal, parks, and the city beyond. The initial concept design is by Wilkinson Eyre Architects. (1)

Relevant Literature:

  3. Chatzi Rodopoulou, T., 2016. “Heritage-led regeneration in the UK — Preserving historic values or
    masking commodification? A reflection on the case of King’s Cross, London”. in Carola Hein (ed.)
    International Planning History Society Proceedings, 17th IPHS Conference, History-Urbanism-
    Resilience, TU Delft 17-21 July 2016, V.04 pp. 75-87, TU Delft Open.

Added on 2018-08-04 by editor Dora Chatzi Rodopoulou