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Big ideas for the big gasholder
Feix & Merlin's design
Feix & Merlin's shortlisted design features a helter skelter slide

A shortlist of five finalists have been unveiled following a competition to redevelop an abandoned 1850s gasholder in King's Cross.

The brief was to design a public area and events space within and around the 25 metre high grade-II listed circular frame structure.

The revamp of 'Gasholder No. 8' is part of the much wider 67-acre King's Cross Central regeneration project.

A winner will be announced by the end of October.

A landmark destination

The competition called for innovative designs that would transform the Victorian gasholder into a public events space and a landmark destination.

Among the final shortlist are plans for a giant reflective ball, landscaped gardens and a helter skelter slide.

Gasholder 8 design by Gustafson Porter

An overall construction budget of £2.5 million has been allocated to the project and work is expected to commence in 2011.

St. Pancras Gasworks

Gasholder No. 8 was originally constructed in the 1850s and comprises a distinctive 25m high circular frame with an internal diameter of 35 metres across. It has not been in use since 2001.

There are four such gasholders on the site of the former St. Pancras Gasworks. The other three are referred to as the Gasholder Triplet, and they will be renovated to become housing apartments, a restaurant and shops.

Bridget Evans, Project Director at King's Cross Central, says:

"The varied nature of the shortlisted entries is a clear indication that the project has really captured the imagination of architects and landscape designers."

"This puts us firmly on the right track to achieve our ambition of creating a truly unique public space. The gasholders have become synonymous with King's Cross and they are an important reminder of its industrial past."

King's Cross Central

Gasholder 8
It is hoped the new space will become a major London landmark

The gasholder project is just a small element of the King's Cross Central development programme that will see a 67 acre brownfield site transformed into residential, public and retail space.

The regeneration of King's Cross will see 2,000 new homes being built, 20 new streets and 10 new major public spaces being developed.

As part of the scheme, the University of the Arts London, including the world famous Central St Martins art school, will be moving into the renovated Granary building and complex in 2011.

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