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Gas holder makes way for houses
Gas holder on the Rochester Riverside site
Two smaller gas holders have already been pulled down
A massive demolition project that will dramatically change the skyline of Medway is getting under way.

The last of three gas holders that have dominated the Rochester Riverside site for decades will be bulldozed as part of a 1bn regeneration scheme.

The gas holder, built in the 1950s, was decommissioned three months ago and will take about two weeks to dismantle.

The 30-hectare riverside will eventually have 2,000 new homes, offices, shops, hotels and a school.

Two smaller gas holders, dating from 1870, have already been pulled down.

The work is part of a wider plan to also regenerate town centre sites in Rochester, Chatham, Strood and Gillingham.

This is expected to create about 16,000 new homes and up to 40,000 jobs.


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