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Refurbishing History

King's Cross is inextricably linked to London's industrial past. The telescopic gasholder was invented in 1824 and provided the storage needed to meet the demand of an ever-expanding city.

The interlocking gasholder triplets were built and revised between 1860 and 1880 and now, some 150 years later, they are once again responding innovatively to The Capital's ever increasing population.

The world may have transformed around them, but the body and scale of the gasholder guide frames has not changed. The hard work and vision of engineers and craftsmen past and present will be rewarded as the gasholder guide frames rise in their new location beside the Regent’s Canal.

Shepley Engineers at work

Giving a new life to these remarkable, Grade II listed structures demanded the expertise and passion of a highly skilled team at Shepley Engineers, a firm that had also worked on the refurbishment of the roof of St Pancras station. But first, specialist contractors had to carefully dismantle the structures with 20-ton cranes and transport each section to the Shepley workshop in Yorkshire, where they would slowly be brought back to life.

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