London aquires a brand new public green space today, a tranquil park set within the industrial iron hulk of towering King’s Cross icon Gasholder No.8.
The Victorian structure was moved painstakingly from its original home across the canal to form the centrepiece of the new KX new development. You can read more about that move, the park, the weird and wonderful alternative design proposals and our interview with engineer Morwenna Wilson in previous cover feature A Love Letter to Gasholders.
Meanwhile, did you know that the famous red latticework and black columns that dominated the King’s Cross skyline for years before the gasholders’ careful repurposing was not, in fact, their traditional look?
A microscope study of the base metal discovered 31 different paint schemes from over a century of maintenance, the most popular one being a stone grey. They were sometimes given new colours for events like jubilees, and have been yellow and green in their time, too.
Today, No.8 is black, so as to always be seen as a silhouette. And when re-erected next door, the three returning gasholders known as the Siamese Triplet will all be painted a light blue grey, to make the frame stand out from the glass of the new apartments that are to be housed inside.
Gasholder Park can be found opposite St Pancras basin, a couple of minutes walk from the steps of Granary Square. Free.