Plans unveiled to demolish protected gas holders in St Mary's

Daily Echo: Plans unveiled to demolish protected gas holders Plans unveiled to demolish protected gas holders

THEY have dominated part of the Southampton skyline for more than five decades.

For thousands of Saints fans they are a familiar sight as they head off to St Mary's every weekend.

Now the two enormous gas holders in St Mary's could be consigned to the history books.

But even though they may appear to be an eyesore, city councillors could knock back demolition plans by Southern Gas Networks (SGN) - as they are locally listed buildings and therefore carry some planning protection.

Their status means that SGN must ensure whatever replaces the holders is an improvement on the structures.

And with the company saying it is “too early to say” what would go on the site, councillors will have to decide whether nothing at all is better than what is currently on the site.

It could also affect plans to redevelop the area surrounding St Mary's Stadium.

SGN says the holders - which were built in 1909 and 1935 respectively - are no longer required as there are more “cost-effective” methods for storing gas and the holders require “significant” maintenance.

The firm has already had one demolition application refused by the council due to a lack of information and what would happen to the site in Britannia Road afterwards.

And the fresh application being drawn up by SGN could face difficulty due to their locally listed heritage status.

While locally listed status, given to buildings of local significance or interest, is not the same as English Heritage's list of historically-significant buildings, Southampton City Council requires anything replacing the holders to be “of equal or greater quality” than what's already there.

Despite the firm wanting to knock the holders down, a spokesman for SGN said “at this stage it is too early to say what the future of the site will be”.

And while some will argue that nothing would be an improvement on the two enormous metal structures, that could lead to a refusal of the new application.

Also complicating the plans are the fact that the city council believes there may be remains of an Anglo Saxon settlement and possibly burials under the site, as well as fears over contamination.

But while the owners of the site say they have no immediate plans for the area the land surrounding St Mary's Stadium was last year the subject of some spectacular architect plans.

As reported in the Daily Echo in March last year, artist's impressions of a potential St Mary's Stadium expansion were released to the public.

The designs, drawn up AFL Architects, the firm who designed Saints new training ground at Staplewood, show a revamped St Mary's Stadium situated on an overhauled site.

They include a large building brandishing the Saints badge and buildings of modern designs to the Chapel side of the area.

However, the large gas holders are nowhere to be seen on the designs.

A year previously other artist's impressions of a revamped St Mary's were included on a DVD issued to all season ticket holders ahead of the 2012/2013 season.

They showed extensions to the Kingsland, Northam and Chapel stands, with a fresh frontage on the stadium.

A similar building was again attached to the back of what appeared to be the Chapel end of the stadium.

Saints did not comment on the proposals for the gas tanks when contacted by the Daily Echo.

A spokesman for the council said: “These factors would not prevent demolition, but impact on how the demolition must be managed.

“The council will require further information on the proposed works before it is able to support the demolition.”

Not everyone thinks of the holders as eyesores.

Solent Sky Museum director and historian Alan Jones said: “They were so much a part of the skyline in the area.

“The gas works were so much a part of the community.

“It would be a shame if they were to be demolished.”

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6:49am Wed 18 Jun 14

mick anderson says...

They are a blot on the landscape, demolish and build housing.
They are a blot on the landscape, demolish and build housing. mick anderson
  • Score: 1

6:54am Wed 18 Jun 14

snapperdownunder says...

Get rid. A German friend asked me once why it is that England still has untouched sites of WWII bomb damage and nothing has been done to redevelop those sites instead. I am a firm believer in the retention of ones' history but sadly, my homeland does tend to dwell in the past and on past glories.
Get rid. A German friend asked me once why it is that England still has untouched sites of WWII bomb damage and nothing has been done to redevelop those sites instead. I am a firm believer in the retention of ones' history but sadly, my homeland does tend to dwell in the past and on past glories. snapperdownunder
  • Score: 8

7:06am Wed 18 Jun 14

aldermoorboy says...

get rid, work with industry not against it.
get rid, work with industry not against it. aldermoorboy
  • Score: 3

8:32am Wed 18 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

They still there? Honestly, get rid of them and build 'landmark' flats.
They still there? Honestly, get rid of them and build 'landmark' flats. 03alpe01
  • Score: -21

8:47am Wed 18 Jun 14

Brite Spark says...

I'm suprised that our Eastern European friends haven't already made away with them.
I'm suprised that our Eastern European friends haven't already made away with them. Brite Spark
  • Score: 2

8:52am Wed 18 Jun 14

steven22slaymaker says...

why would you want to get rid of them as since i can remember they have bin there in when my nan was little they were they they should just be cleaned up not knocked down we always seem to get rid of old stuff but always never keep stuff as we should as thats are histroy
why would you want to get rid of them as since i can remember they have bin there in when my nan was little they were they they should just be cleaned up not knocked down we always seem to get rid of old stuff but always never keep stuff as we should as thats are histroy steven22slaymaker
  • Score: -16

8:58am Wed 18 Jun 14

Adam_G7 says...

They should keep them! Look at Kings Cross in London, an area of immense redevelopment where companies such as google are moving too. There, they spent millions on re-building the gas holder just because they wanted it in the skyline of Kings Cross as it provides the area with heritage, and is very effective. They should repaint the structure and open the sit to the public - maybe put a large viewing area at the top where people can look over Southampton towards the docks or you can place large screens around it showing artwork and inside make it large theatre spaces ect and make use of it as a cultural location - This city needs to think creatively if it wishes to attract new investment!
They should keep them! Look at Kings Cross in London, an area of immense redevelopment where companies such as google are moving too. There, they spent millions on re-building the gas holder just because they wanted it in the skyline of Kings Cross as it provides the area with heritage, and is very effective. They should repaint the structure and open the sit to the public - maybe put a large viewing area at the top where people can look over Southampton towards the docks or you can place large screens around it showing artwork and inside make it large theatre spaces ect and make use of it as a cultural location - This city needs to think creatively if it wishes to attract new investment! Adam_G7
  • Score: 49

8:58am Wed 18 Jun 14

Datarater says...

This really does show the insanity of planning. Dismantle them, clean up the site and then worry about what is going to happen afterwards.

Shessh these guys are really gormless.
This really does show the insanity of planning. Dismantle them, clean up the site and then worry about what is going to happen afterwards. Shessh these guys are really gormless. Datarater
  • Score: 4

9:04am Wed 18 Jun 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

Adam_G7 wrote:
They should keep them! Look at Kings Cross in London, an area of immense redevelopment where companies such as google are moving too. There, they spent millions on re-building the gas holder just because they wanted it in the skyline of Kings Cross as it provides the area with heritage, and is very effective. They should repaint the structure and open the sit to the public - maybe put a large viewing area at the top where people can look over Southampton towards the docks or you can place large screens around it showing artwork and inside make it large theatre spaces ect and make use of it as a cultural location - This city needs to think creatively if it wishes to attract new investment!
I also quite like them as part of our bygone industrial heritage based in Northam. However, if through demolition, we can redevelop the whole stadium area - increased ground capacity and even a railway halt - in an imaginative and creative manner I could understand their passing. How about commissioning some appropriate public art installation on the development site that paid homage to these magnificent structures?
[quote][p][bold]Adam_G7[/bold] wrote: They should keep them! Look at Kings Cross in London, an area of immense redevelopment where companies such as google are moving too. There, they spent millions on re-building the gas holder just because they wanted it in the skyline of Kings Cross as it provides the area with heritage, and is very effective. They should repaint the structure and open the sit to the public - maybe put a large viewing area at the top where people can look over Southampton towards the docks or you can place large screens around it showing artwork and inside make it large theatre spaces ect and make use of it as a cultural location - This city needs to think creatively if it wishes to attract new investment![/p][/quote]I also quite like them as part of our bygone industrial heritage based in Northam. However, if through demolition, we can redevelop the whole stadium area - increased ground capacity and even a railway halt - in an imaginative and creative manner I could understand their passing. How about commissioning some appropriate public art installation on the development site that paid homage to these magnificent structures? FoysCornerBoy
  • Score: 10

9:09am Wed 18 Jun 14

fritzer says...

Buy the land Saints in turn it into a car park that would be the best outcome for that unsightly heap of scrap metal, snapperdownunder you should have told your Geman friend "that unfortunately it was one that Hitler miissed"
Buy the land Saints in turn it into a car park that would be the best outcome for that unsightly heap of scrap metal, snapperdownunder you should have told your Geman friend "that unfortunately it was one that Hitler miissed" fritzer
  • Score: -13

9:21am Wed 18 Jun 14

FranknFurther says...

Maybe the best thing they could do there is get rid of them and widen the railway bridge as it is a terrible bottle neck there. But I'm sure that won't even cross their minds... :(
Maybe the best thing they could do there is get rid of them and widen the railway bridge as it is a terrible bottle neck there. But I'm sure that won't even cross their minds... :( FranknFurther
  • Score: 6

9:22am Wed 18 Jun 14

sotonbusdriver says...

To those from earlier postings, "why not pull them down", your argument lacks any compassion to historical sites,..
They from the Victorian period and show our Industrial history...
Just because they are old doesn't gives anyone the right to demolish them... If you apply your thought that they are old and ugly, then "The Bargate" could be qualified to be demolished..
There is little left of history in this City, as the public and council alike have allowed it to be raised to the ground and new un-sightly buildings erected in their places.
We have a huge industrial history in ship and trains, yet there is very little left to see, after it's been allowed to be got rid of....
Southampton, is about the only Historic City that doesn't have a open-top historic bus tour, because there is so little history left to show tourist to make a bus tour a viable business...
To those from earlier postings, "why not pull them down", your argument lacks any compassion to historical sites,.. They from the Victorian period and show our Industrial history... Just because they are old doesn't gives anyone the right to demolish them... If you apply your thought that they are old and ugly, then "The Bargate" could be qualified to be demolished.. There is little left of history in this City, as the public and council alike have allowed it to be raised to the ground and new un-sightly buildings erected in their places. We have a huge industrial history in ship and trains, yet there is very little left to see, after it's been allowed to be got rid of.... Southampton, is about the only Historic City that doesn't have a open-top historic bus tour, because there is so little history left to show tourist to make a bus tour a viable business... sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 24

9:27am Wed 18 Jun 14

steviestevens says...

They are ugly but they have been there all of my life and it would be ashame if they were dismantled and anyway they'd probably just replace them with another just as ugly builging.
They are ugly but they have been there all of my life and it would be ashame if they were dismantled and anyway they'd probably just replace them with another just as ugly builging. steviestevens
  • Score: 18

9:32am Wed 18 Jun 14

Beer Monster says...

Ideal opportunity for Saints to buy the land, and do as they see fit with it. As fritzer has suggested, use it for car parking and free up some space for possible stadium expansion. Maybe install a train station for matchdays.
Ideal opportunity for Saints to buy the land, and do as they see fit with it. As fritzer has suggested, use it for car parking and free up some space for possible stadium expansion. Maybe install a train station for matchdays. Beer Monster
  • Score: -6

9:33am Wed 18 Jun 14

green fly says...

Keep them!!
Keep them!! green fly
  • Score: 4

9:39am Wed 18 Jun 14

sotonboy84 says...

They should be kept because they've been part of the landscape for so long and really are iconic to the area. It's a reminder of the area's industrial past.

It's not always possible and practical to keep things like this just for sentiments sake but surely they could be incorporated into some sort of new development? A building could built within them, just like many cities and towns across the country that keep old building fronts and rebuild everything behind them. I've seen old concrete water towers and industrial buildings converted into homes which on their own are nothing special but are special to the look of the area. The same was done in Oxford Street with the old Seaman's home where the front was kept but was completely rebuilt behind. Whatever the plans are with the area whether it be housing or an extension to the stadium, the gas holders are possible to incorporate, the council will just need to be firm

We shouldn't' try and eradicate an area's history, we should incorporate it into the future. I can't see how the usual cheap brick, UPVC windowed development could look better than these structures converted. Battersea Power Station for example is a listed iconic building and the area around it is being redeveloped. Although on a different scale to the gas holders, they're still important. The plans at Battersea are controversial due to the new homes being multi-million pounds flats etc. but it's an example of something that can be done well.
They should be kept because they've been part of the landscape for so long and really are iconic to the area. It's a reminder of the area's industrial past. It's not always possible and practical to keep things like this just for sentiments sake but surely they could be incorporated into some sort of new development? A building could built within them, just like many cities and towns across the country that keep old building fronts and rebuild everything behind them. I've seen old concrete water towers and industrial buildings converted into homes which on their own are nothing special but are special to the look of the area. The same was done in Oxford Street with the old Seaman's home where the front was kept but was completely rebuilt behind. Whatever the plans are with the area whether it be housing or an extension to the stadium, the gas holders are possible to incorporate, the council will just need to be firm We shouldn't' try and eradicate an area's history, we should incorporate it into the future. I can't see how the usual cheap brick, UPVC windowed development could look better than these structures converted. Battersea Power Station for example is a listed iconic building and the area around it is being redeveloped. Although on a different scale to the gas holders, they're still important. The plans at Battersea are controversial due to the new homes being multi-million pounds flats etc. but it's an example of something that can be done well. sotonboy84
  • Score: 19

9:41am Wed 18 Jun 14

sotonboy84 says...

Beer Monster wrote:
Ideal opportunity for Saints to buy the land, and do as they see fit with it. As fritzer has suggested, use it for car parking and free up some space for possible stadium expansion. Maybe install a train station for matchdays.
And this would benefit football fans so what about the majority that don't go to the stadium?
[quote][p][bold]Beer Monster[/bold] wrote: Ideal opportunity for Saints to buy the land, and do as they see fit with it. As fritzer has suggested, use it for car parking and free up some space for possible stadium expansion. Maybe install a train station for matchdays.[/p][/quote]And this would benefit football fans so what about the majority that don't go to the stadium? sotonboy84
  • Score: 5

9:55am Wed 18 Jun 14

The Wickham Man says...

Like others on here I'm very interested in our industrial heritage, Having said that, unless this site is enhanced to provide some information and education on industrial archaeology and how town (coal) gas once played a huge role in urban life then there is not point in just keeping the tanks for their own sake and seeing the site become an overgrown haven for flytipping, vandalism, graffitti and filth.
So the message to councillors is either to develop the whole site as a gasworks museum or clear it. and build something new. Don't just block any changes then walk away, as Southampton councillors always do.
Like others on here I'm very interested in our industrial heritage, Having said that, unless this site is enhanced to provide some information and education on industrial archaeology and how town (coal) gas once played a huge role in urban life then there is not point in just keeping the tanks for their own sake and seeing the site become an overgrown haven for flytipping, vandalism, graffitti and filth. So the message to councillors is either to develop the whole site as a gasworks museum or clear it. and build something new. Don't just block any changes then walk away, as Southampton councillors always do. The Wickham Man
  • Score: 9

9:55am Wed 18 Jun 14

Datarater says...

Demolish them and make a coach parking area which will free up Britannia Road for pedestrians going to and fro from the St Mary's. It will also make it simple for the away team animals to board their coaches after the game.
Demolish them and make a coach parking area which will free up Britannia Road for pedestrians going to and fro from the St Mary's. It will also make it simple for the away team animals to board their coaches after the game. Datarater
  • Score: -13

10:01am Wed 18 Jun 14

FranknFurther says...

FranknFurther wrote:
Maybe the best thing they could do there is get rid of them and widen the railway bridge as it is a terrible bottle neck there. But I'm sure that won't even cross their minds... :(
Negetive votes for this? You lot must really like sitting in traffic
[quote][p][bold]FranknFurther[/bold] wrote: Maybe the best thing they could do there is get rid of them and widen the railway bridge as it is a terrible bottle neck there. But I'm sure that won't even cross their minds... :([/p][/quote]Negetive votes for this? You lot must really like sitting in traffic FranknFurther
  • Score: -2

10:01am Wed 18 Jun 14

Jesus_02 says...

If the company that owns them, view them as costly to maintain and not cost effective to run then the only hope in keeping them would be to use the structures/inside space somehow (seems like a long shot )

I’m sure that someone could convince the council that they would be ideal places for a couple of Ice Rinks!
If the company that owns them, view them as costly to maintain and not cost effective to run then the only hope in keeping them would be to use the structures/inside space somehow (seems like a long shot ) I’m sure that someone could convince the council that they would be ideal places for a couple of Ice Rinks! Jesus_02
  • Score: 7

10:23am Wed 18 Jun 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

No brainer, multi story car park for St Marys and Park and Ride for the City Centre
No brainer, multi story car park for St Marys and Park and Ride for the City Centre OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 3

10:24am Wed 18 Jun 14

Poole Tom says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
Beer Monster wrote:
Ideal opportunity for Saints to buy the land, and do as they see fit with it. As fritzer has suggested, use it for car parking and free up some space for possible stadium expansion. Maybe install a train station for matchdays.
And this would benefit football fans so what about the majority that don't go to the stadium?
Start going!
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beer Monster[/bold] wrote: Ideal opportunity for Saints to buy the land, and do as they see fit with it. As fritzer has suggested, use it for car parking and free up some space for possible stadium expansion. Maybe install a train station for matchdays.[/p][/quote]And this would benefit football fans so what about the majority that don't go to the stadium?[/p][/quote]Start going! Poole Tom
  • Score: 4

10:36am Wed 18 Jun 14

mcoombs says...

yes its an eye sore .But why cant if be painted or gaffited like the tunnel to represent southampton and the southampton footbal club .
yes its an eye sore .But why cant if be painted or gaffited like the tunnel to represent southampton and the southampton footbal club . mcoombs
  • Score: 0

11:05am Wed 18 Jun 14

Bagamn says...

After they have knocked then down and taken away all the scrap metal, what are they going to do about all the toxic soil. They would have to dig such a big hole to get all the poison out, it would not be cost-worthy. They are not balloons, they are mounted on liquid which is why they rise and fall. Another problem for them to think about.
After they have knocked then down and taken away all the scrap metal, what are they going to do about all the toxic soil. They would have to dig such a big hole to get all the poison out, it would not be cost-worthy. They are not balloons, they are mounted on liquid which is why they rise and fall. Another problem for them to think about. Bagamn
  • Score: 8

11:10am Wed 18 Jun 14

Bagamn says...

fritzer wrote:
Buy the land Saints in turn it into a car park that would be the best outcome for that unsightly heap of scrap metal, snapperdownunder you should have told your Geman friend "that unfortunately it was one that Hitler miissed"
Unfortunately Hitlers boys didn't miss. One gasometer had a bomb stuck in the top and it didn't explode. They had to drain out the gas, remove the bomb and patch it up again.
[quote][p][bold]fritzer[/bold] wrote: Buy the land Saints in turn it into a car park that would be the best outcome for that unsightly heap of scrap metal, snapperdownunder you should have told your Geman friend "that unfortunately it was one that Hitler miissed"[/p][/quote]Unfortunately Hitlers boys didn't miss. One gasometer had a bomb stuck in the top and it didn't explode. They had to drain out the gas, remove the bomb and patch it up again. Bagamn
  • Score: 11

11:17am Wed 18 Jun 14

shirlski says...

mcoombs wrote:
yes its an eye sore .But why cant if be painted or gaffited like the tunnel to represent southampton and the southampton footbal club .
Umm...an eye-sore for an eye-sore leaves St. Marys even uglier. Daft story, cut the **** thing's down and build affordable housing on the site. It's one less thing for James Kingston to kill himself on to boot.
[quote][p][bold]mcoombs[/bold] wrote: yes its an eye sore .But why cant if be painted or gaffited like the tunnel to represent southampton and the southampton footbal club .[/p][/quote]Umm...an eye-sore for an eye-sore leaves St. Marys even uglier. Daft story, cut the **** thing's down and build affordable housing on the site. It's one less thing for James Kingston to kill himself on to boot. shirlski
  • Score: -1

11:18am Wed 18 Jun 14

acid drop says...

Brite Spark wrote:
I'm suprised that our Eastern European friends haven't already made away with them.
Maybe they will, theres still time
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: I'm suprised that our Eastern European friends haven't already made away with them.[/p][/quote]Maybe they will, theres still time acid drop
  • Score: -8

11:34am Wed 18 Jun 14

ToastyTea says...

Hope Saints buy and do something good with it
Hope Saints buy and do something good with it ToastyTea
  • Score: 3

11:57am Wed 18 Jun 14

Beer Monster says...

sotonboy84 wrote:
Beer Monster wrote:
Ideal opportunity for Saints to buy the land, and do as they see fit with it. As fritzer has suggested, use it for car parking and free up some space for possible stadium expansion. Maybe install a train station for matchdays.
And this would benefit football fans so what about the majority that don't go to the stadium?
Revamp the entire line, rebuild and reopen Southampton West station? Plenty of scope now that we have so many visitors for the cruise terminals
[quote][p][bold]sotonboy84[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beer Monster[/bold] wrote: Ideal opportunity for Saints to buy the land, and do as they see fit with it. As fritzer has suggested, use it for car parking and free up some space for possible stadium expansion. Maybe install a train station for matchdays.[/p][/quote]And this would benefit football fans so what about the majority that don't go to the stadium?[/p][/quote]Revamp the entire line, rebuild and reopen Southampton West station? Plenty of scope now that we have so many visitors for the cruise terminals Beer Monster
  • Score: 4

12:08pm Wed 18 Jun 14

snapperdownunder says...

fritzer wrote:
Buy the land Saints in turn it into a car park that would be the best outcome for that unsightly heap of scrap metal, snapperdownunder you should have told your Geman friend "that unfortunately it was one that Hitler miissed"
He certainly missed my hometown Oxford just as we missed Heidelberg.
[quote][p][bold]fritzer[/bold] wrote: Buy the land Saints in turn it into a car park that would be the best outcome for that unsightly heap of scrap metal, snapperdownunder you should have told your Geman friend "that unfortunately it was one that Hitler miissed"[/p][/quote]He certainly missed my hometown Oxford just as we missed Heidelberg. snapperdownunder
  • Score: 1

12:12pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Golden Balls says...

Get rid.
To justify keeping them just because they're old is ludicrous! Some old buildings and structures are great. Some are not. These are not.
Would imagine Saints would be willing to buy the land and use it for a hotel, bars, restaurants and other entertainment. This will create jobs as well as improve the look and experience for the thousands of visitors to that part of the city.
Get rid. To justify keeping them just because they're old is ludicrous! Some old buildings and structures are great. Some are not. These are not. Would imagine Saints would be willing to buy the land and use it for a hotel, bars, restaurants and other entertainment. This will create jobs as well as improve the look and experience for the thousands of visitors to that part of the city. Golden Balls
  • Score: 1

12:18pm Wed 18 Jun 14

allsaintsnocurves says...

If Southampton bought the land they could build something on it that improved the skyline for the city and also created jobs and money into the Economy. When Saints were going to build their stadium near Southampton Airport the plans included a hotel, shops etc. St Mary's was a bigger ground but Cortese has always wanted to expand the area of the club to find otherways of bringing in money and improving the area.

The business opposite the ground on the Water would be another opportunity if that was purchased by the club.

The Gas Works would make an idea spot for a hotel, restaurant and bar etc. The Council would no doubt want Student flats to be built there. #novision
If Southampton bought the land they could build something on it that improved the skyline for the city and also created jobs and money into the Economy. When Saints were going to build their stadium near Southampton Airport the plans included a hotel, shops etc. St Mary's was a bigger ground but Cortese has always wanted to expand the area of the club to find otherways of bringing in money and improving the area. The business opposite the ground on the Water would be another opportunity if that was purchased by the club. The Gas Works would make an idea spot for a hotel, restaurant and bar etc. The Council would no doubt want Student flats to be built there. #novision allsaintsnocurves
  • Score: -2

12:46pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Bagamn says...

Why all this fuss about the Football club. They only play for eight months of the year. What about something that works all year and bring in a revenue for all of Southampton. Football is not the be all of this city much to the disillusionment of a few fans.
Why all this fuss about the Football club. They only play for eight months of the year. What about something that works all year and bring in a revenue for all of Southampton. Football is not the be all of this city much to the disillusionment of a few fans. Bagamn
  • Score: 5

12:47pm Wed 18 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

Or at least if you're going to keep them as a historical asset at least make them more accessible and put a plaque or something up so people know why they are there. At the moment you can't really get to them and nobody really knows why they are there. No bars/restaurants or hotels- enough of them in the City Centre, especially with all the new developments going on there.
Park and Ride wouldn't work here either. Far too central and too into town. Park and Rides work best on the outskirts so the Ford site would work well. That said it will probably be another empty industrial estate with a whole load of housing. Or where they used to/might still do the football park and ride for away fans out Bursledon way.
If they do go, the Council will fight for student flats or normal flats put there.
Or at least if you're going to keep them as a historical asset at least make them more accessible and put a plaque or something up so people know why they are there. At the moment you can't really get to them and nobody really knows why they are there. No bars/restaurants or hotels- enough of them in the City Centre, especially with all the new developments going on there. Park and Ride wouldn't work here either. Far too central and too into town. Park and Rides work best on the outskirts so the Ford site would work well. That said it will probably be another empty industrial estate with a whole load of housing. Or where they used to/might still do the football park and ride for away fans out Bursledon way. If they do go, the Council will fight for student flats or normal flats put there. 03alpe01
  • Score: 2

1:09pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Big Mac says...

Compromise. Take one down and stack it on the other, them you have your historic 'Iconic' city feature to compete with bumwharf, and room for a park and ride too!
Compromise. Take one down and stack it on the other, them you have your historic 'Iconic' city feature to compete with bumwharf, and room for a park and ride too! Big Mac
  • Score: -3

1:10pm Wed 18 Jun 14

ToastyTea says...

Bagamn wrote:
Why all this fuss about the Football club. They only play for eight months of the year. What about something that works all year and bring in a revenue for all of Southampton. Football is not the be all of this city much to the disillusionment of a few fans.
Think you are deluded actually, you realise the area is right next to the stadium hence the talk of Saints doing something with it. They would possibly do something decent with the area instead of boring commercial / student flats which the council would go for. Why couldn't they build a leisure area that could be used all year. Saints also do alot of work in the community and for the city, they are the heart of this city.
[quote][p][bold]Bagamn[/bold] wrote: Why all this fuss about the Football club. They only play for eight months of the year. What about something that works all year and bring in a revenue for all of Southampton. Football is not the be all of this city much to the disillusionment of a few fans.[/p][/quote]Think you are deluded actually, you realise the area is right next to the stadium hence the talk of Saints doing something with it. They would possibly do something decent with the area instead of boring commercial / student flats which the council would go for. Why couldn't they build a leisure area that could be used all year. Saints also do alot of work in the community and for the city, they are the heart of this city. ToastyTea
  • Score: 7

1:12pm Wed 18 Jun 14

jimbobbo says...

As some-one previously mentioned, they'll probably just build more flats there anyway.

Southampton is completely devoid of any character whatsoever these days. In fact, I've seen more aesthetically pleasing shipping containers than most of Southampton's buildings - with the exception of South Western House of course.
As some-one previously mentioned, they'll probably just build more flats there anyway. Southampton is completely devoid of any character whatsoever these days. In fact, I've seen more aesthetically pleasing shipping containers than most of Southampton's buildings - with the exception of South Western House of course. jimbobbo
  • Score: 3

1:14pm Wed 18 Jun 14

MaxxieO says...

I think it's a shame. The gas infrastructure companies have already destroyed many of these historic structures around Britain and I feared this appetite for destruction would reach Southampton sooner or later.

To be honest, the newer of the two gasholders (the one closest to the stadium) is not particularly special so I would not object to that one going. However, I am rather fond of the older lattice work one. Sure it looks rather rusty but it has more far character than boring identikit blocks of flats or student digs will ever have. Give it a lick of paint and have it as a landmark feature in a small park - that area is very bereft of any trees or greenery.

Yeah I know it's contaminated land. Another good reason not to build flats there. Just grass over the tank at the bottom and leave it there!
I think it's a shame. The gas infrastructure companies have already destroyed many of these historic structures around Britain and I feared this appetite for destruction would reach Southampton sooner or later. To be honest, the newer of the two gasholders (the one closest to the stadium) is not particularly special so I would not object to that one going. However, I am rather fond of the older lattice work one. Sure it looks rather rusty but it has more far character than boring identikit blocks of flats or student digs will ever have. Give it a lick of paint and have it as a landmark feature in a small park - that area is very bereft of any trees or greenery. Yeah I know it's contaminated land. Another good reason not to build flats there. Just grass over the tank at the bottom and leave it there! MaxxieO
  • Score: 7

1:55pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Big Mac says...

Why not turn it into the DE Press Room – anything to make their life a bit easier.
Why not turn it into the DE Press Room – anything to make their life a bit easier. Big Mac
  • Score: 0

2:08pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Linesman says...

Not the prettiest sight in the city, but just like the Bargate and the Tudor House museum, they are an important part of the city's history, and should be retained.
Not the prettiest sight in the city, but just like the Bargate and the Tudor House museum, they are an important part of the city's history, and should be retained. Linesman
  • Score: 5

2:13pm Wed 18 Jun 14

St.Ray says...

Beer Monster wrote:
Ideal opportunity for Saints to buy the land, and do as they see fit with it. As fritzer has suggested, use it for car parking and free up some space for possible stadium expansion. Maybe install a train station for matchdays.
There is already a train station on the site. It used to be named "Northam". Today it just sat there waiting to be redeveloped & put to good use for travelling fans, but there doesn't appear to be any great desire to use this facility for it's original purpose
[quote][p][bold]Beer Monster[/bold] wrote: Ideal opportunity for Saints to buy the land, and do as they see fit with it. As fritzer has suggested, use it for car parking and free up some space for possible stadium expansion. Maybe install a train station for matchdays.[/p][/quote]There is already a train station on the site. It used to be named "Northam". Today it just sat there waiting to be redeveloped & put to good use for travelling fans, but there doesn't appear to be any great desire to use this facility for it's original purpose St.Ray
  • Score: 4

2:14pm Wed 18 Jun 14

manic75 says...

acid drop wrote:
Brite Spark wrote: I'm suprised that our Eastern European friends haven't already made away with them.
Maybe they will, theres still time
Funny how a completely unrelated topic facilitates an unintelligent 'UKIP type' remark:). 'Let's blame Eastern Europeans for everything' idiot mentality ....

God, where does these cretins come from? :)
[quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: I'm suprised that our Eastern European friends haven't already made away with them.[/p][/quote]Maybe they will, theres still time[/p][/quote]Funny how a completely unrelated topic facilitates an unintelligent 'UKIP type' remark:). 'Let's blame Eastern Europeans for everything' idiot mentality .... God, where does these cretins come from? :) manic75
  • Score: 6

2:27pm Wed 18 Jun 14

lowe esteem says...

These totemic edifices that glorify all things about gas and waste (I'm not referring to Newspaper House) have long represented matchday predictors on our walk up to St Marys, with the southern most mantle representing the home side and the northern the visitors of course. I can tell you that they have been right more times than Osprey or Rising Son put together.
For the historians: build a cylindrical hotel and multi-storey in situ, and paint them red and white or rust for authenticity
For the people in denial about our national sport: it's an icon with the wow factor will be designed by Sir Norman Foster and will free up your otherwise unclogged road system elsewhere.
These totemic edifices that glorify all things about gas and waste (I'm not referring to Newspaper House) have long represented matchday predictors on our walk up to St Marys, with the southern most mantle representing the home side and the northern the visitors of course. I can tell you that they have been right more times than Osprey or Rising Son put together. For the historians: build a cylindrical hotel and multi-storey in situ, and paint them red and white or rust for authenticity For the people in denial about our national sport: it's an icon with the wow factor will be designed by Sir Norman Foster and will free up your otherwise unclogged road system elsewhere. lowe esteem
  • Score: -3

3:11pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Lone Ranger. says...

St.Ray wrote:
Beer Monster wrote:
Ideal opportunity for Saints to buy the land, and do as they see fit with it. As fritzer has suggested, use it for car parking and free up some space for possible stadium expansion. Maybe install a train station for matchdays.
There is already a train station on the site. It used to be named "Northam". Today it just sat there waiting to be redeveloped & put to good use for travelling fans, but there doesn't appear to be any great desire to use this facility for it's original purpose
This has been looked at a few times since the stadium was first planned.
This issue appears to be that track moderisation is require along with the "station" being rebuilt.
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The cost were considered to be far in excess of the benefits achieved. So it would be one train every two weeks .... so about 18-20 a year between say Sept to April. From what i see there is nothing else to run the train there for.
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In addition with the cost being so high ... who would pay, Railways, SFC both of whom decided that the costs were prohibitive
[quote][p][bold]St.Ray[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beer Monster[/bold] wrote: Ideal opportunity for Saints to buy the land, and do as they see fit with it. As fritzer has suggested, use it for car parking and free up some space for possible stadium expansion. Maybe install a train station for matchdays.[/p][/quote]There is already a train station on the site. It used to be named "Northam". Today it just sat there waiting to be redeveloped & put to good use for travelling fans, but there doesn't appear to be any great desire to use this facility for it's original purpose[/p][/quote]This has been looked at a few times since the stadium was first planned. This issue appears to be that track moderisation is require along with the "station" being rebuilt. . The cost were considered to be far in excess of the benefits achieved. So it would be one train every two weeks .... so about 18-20 a year between say Sept to April. From what i see there is nothing else to run the train there for. . In addition with the cost being so high ... who would pay, Railways, SFC both of whom decided that the costs were prohibitive Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 1

3:36pm Wed 18 Jun 14

sotonboy84 says...

allsaintsnocurves wrote:
If Southampton bought the land they could build something on it that improved the skyline for the city and also created jobs and money into the Economy. When Saints were going to build their stadium near Southampton Airport the plans included a hotel, shops etc. St Mary's was a bigger ground but Cortese has always wanted to expand the area of the club to find otherways of bringing in money and improving the area.

The business opposite the ground on the Water would be another opportunity if that was purchased by the club.

The Gas Works would make an idea spot for a hotel, restaurant and bar etc. The Council would no doubt want Student flats to be built there. #novision
And how exactly is a hotel, restaurant and bar more vision?!

Whatever is built there, these structures should be retained and incorporated into something. Like the sight of them or not they're a part of the area and city's history and should not be wiped away. If a hotel, retsaurant or bar was really needed then at least it would be more individual to the area than the standard Barrett type construction.

In the North and Midlands there used to be many potteris and their chimmneys dominating the skylines. The same attitude many people display here was applied to these until a handful were left and then preserved.

I think the only suitable use of the site is to build housing, but incorporate these structures. Housing is needed, hotels and bars would only cater for match days and therefore not commercially viable.
[quote][p][bold]allsaintsnocurves[/bold] wrote: If Southampton bought the land they could build something on it that improved the skyline for the city and also created jobs and money into the Economy. When Saints were going to build their stadium near Southampton Airport the plans included a hotel, shops etc. St Mary's was a bigger ground but Cortese has always wanted to expand the area of the club to find otherways of bringing in money and improving the area. The business opposite the ground on the Water would be another opportunity if that was purchased by the club. The Gas Works would make an idea spot for a hotel, restaurant and bar etc. The Council would no doubt want Student flats to be built there. #novision[/p][/quote]And how exactly is a hotel, restaurant and bar more vision?! Whatever is built there, these structures should be retained and incorporated into something. Like the sight of them or not they're a part of the area and city's history and should not be wiped away. If a hotel, retsaurant or bar was really needed then at least it would be more individual to the area than the standard Barrett type construction. In the North and Midlands there used to be many potteris and their chimmneys dominating the skylines. The same attitude many people display here was applied to these until a handful were left and then preserved. I think the only suitable use of the site is to build housing, but incorporate these structures. Housing is needed, hotels and bars would only cater for match days and therefore not commercially viable. sotonboy84
  • Score: 5

3:44pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Hastagger says...

why not change them into a cylindrical car park (similar to ikea), integrating the external structure in the design. This would provide much needed parking in the city and for match days, while utilising the site and preserving the listed structure. #winwin #trends #whodaman?medaman
why not change them into a cylindrical car park (similar to ikea), integrating the external structure in the design. This would provide much needed parking in the city and for match days, while utilising the site and preserving the listed structure. #winwin #trends #whodaman?medaman Hastagger
  • Score: -1

3:45pm Wed 18 Jun 14

gazw1976 says...

No dont remove them they are part of pre game ritual , get off bus ,walk up brittania road an not cross to the stadium till past the gas holders . Unbeaten record in 6 years following this routine
No dont remove them they are part of pre game ritual , get off bus ,walk up brittania road an not cross to the stadium till past the gas holders . Unbeaten record in 6 years following this routine gazw1976
  • Score: 4

4:46pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Open up the Transport links and extend the ground!
Open up the Transport links and extend the ground! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 2

4:51pm Wed 18 Jun 14

wilson castaway says...

wheres the ice rink,..snow globe, comments then?
wheres the ice rink,..snow globe, comments then? wilson castaway
  • Score: -6

5:02pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Tenderhearts wife says...

leave them where they are make a feature out of them , stop building ugly flats which will be filled with the great unwashed and un-needy in no time at all which is exactly what the residents of Northam do not want or need. The area needs to be brought up not dragged further down. There are plans for 350 homes to go on the Meridian site which is more than enough for the area, The shopping precinct needs a revamp and cannot cope with the extra infux of residents.
leave them where they are make a feature out of them , stop building ugly flats which will be filled with the great unwashed and un-needy in no time at all which is exactly what the residents of Northam do not want or need. The area needs to be brought up not dragged further down. There are plans for 350 homes to go on the Meridian site which is more than enough for the area, The shopping precinct needs a revamp and cannot cope with the extra infux of residents. Tenderhearts wife
  • Score: 2

5:17pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Dan Soton says...

,,

Solent Sky Museum director and historian Alan Jones said: "... "They were so much a part of the skyline and community in the area...

In the eyes of a late 50's early 60's Northumberland Rd kid the Gasometers were the skyline.. they looked like Ginormous Dalek Hives even on the darkest foggiest winter's day.. Fred Dibnah (RIP) would of punch the lights out of anyone who called them aesthetically pleasing and historically-signifi
cant.

In fact Southern Gas should leave the Gasometers fully extended for a few weeks to reminded the City Planners of the blight on the landscape they really are..


,,
,, Solent Sky Museum director and historian Alan Jones said: "... "They were so much a part of the skyline and community in the area... In the eyes of a late 50's early 60's Northumberland Rd kid the Gasometers were the skyline.. they looked like Ginormous Dalek Hives even on the darkest foggiest winter's day.. Fred Dibnah (RIP) would of punch the lights out of anyone who called them aesthetically pleasing and historically-signifi cant. In fact Southern Gas should leave the Gasometers fully extended for a few weeks to reminded the City Planners of the blight on the landscape they really are.. ,, Dan Soton
  • Score: 4

5:34pm Wed 18 Jun 14

tootle says...

Part of me says keep them, they are part of my childhood, rare bus trip the long way round memories. Then again with making frequent trips recently over Northam bridge one of my 20 something children asked what on earth the eye sores were. %0:50 here BUT SOMETHING needs to be done with them - either spruce up or get rid.
Part of me says keep them, they are part of my childhood, rare bus trip the long way round memories. Then again with making frequent trips recently over Northam bridge one of my 20 something children asked what on earth the eye sores were. %0:50 here BUT SOMETHING needs to be done with them - either spruce up or get rid. tootle
  • Score: 1

7:49pm Wed 18 Jun 14

geoff51 says...

These eyesores are as much of a protected structure and as beautiful as Whyndam Court concrete monstrosities and they made them a listed building! pull them down and extend St Mary's Staduim.
These eyesores are as much of a protected structure and as beautiful as Whyndam Court concrete monstrosities and they made them a listed building! pull them down and extend St Mary's Staduim. geoff51
  • Score: -1

8:34pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Saint IQ says...

Im 24 and I've always thought they were ugly as Susan Boyle. Southampton FC should buy land, get rid and build a giant statue of Markus Leibherr! Build some 3g 5 a side pitches there as well like eastliegh have! Little bit of money coming in but no ugly carparks or houses. Win Win
Im 24 and I've always thought they were ugly as Susan Boyle. Southampton FC should buy land, get rid and build a giant statue of Markus Leibherr! Build some 3g 5 a side pitches there as well like eastliegh have! Little bit of money coming in but no ugly carparks or houses. Win Win Saint IQ
  • Score: -1

9:05pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Tony Blair's Accountant says...

Wrap nets around them and fill them with plastic balls. It's obvious.
Wrap nets around them and fill them with plastic balls. It's obvious. Tony Blair's Accountant
  • Score: 0

9:09pm Wed 18 Jun 14

loosehead says...

If nocked down a full archaeological dig should take place & if an Ancient Saxon Site is found no building on the site should be allowed & it should be kept for tourists & the people of this city as it's our history.
If nocked down a full archaeological dig should take place & if an Ancient Saxon Site is found no building on the site should be allowed & it should be kept for tourists & the people of this city as it's our history. loosehead
  • Score: -3

10:25pm Wed 18 Jun 14

margie933 says...

They should be kept for future storage.
They should be kept for future storage. margie933
  • Score: 1

10:44pm Wed 18 Jun 14

margie933 says...

Paint them brown with a cream top then get Guinness to advertise their brew on them
Paint them brown with a cream top then get Guinness to advertise their brew on them margie933
  • Score: 1

11:25pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Block 42 says...

Totally disgusting eye sore.That whole are is ugly.and st marys need a makeover too..looks like a tip.look at some of these brasilian stadias .superb
Totally disgusting eye sore.That whole are is ugly.and st marys need a makeover too..looks like a tip.look at some of these brasilian stadias .superb Block 42
  • Score: 0

11:38pm Wed 18 Jun 14

4abettersouthampton says...

Keep the steel outer and make wildflower park
Keep the steel outer and make wildflower park 4abettersouthampton
  • Score: -1

6:14am Thu 19 Jun 14

skeptik says...

As time marches on some ask how much does it cost to maintain the structure in safe and aesthetic condition - 'How much!' pull 'em down.
As time marches on some ask how much does it cost to maintain the structure in safe and aesthetic condition - 'How much!' pull 'em down. skeptik
  • Score: 0

6:18am Thu 19 Jun 14

loosehead says...

We have people saying we need the WOW factor here we have the possible remains of a Saxon Settlement & I suggest we save them for the city (Children) so we know of our history & a way to attract tourists & get thumbs down so what build more flats on them?
We have people saying we need the WOW factor here we have the possible remains of a Saxon Settlement & I suggest we save them for the city (Children) so we know of our history & a way to attract tourists & get thumbs down so what build more flats on them? loosehead
  • Score: -1

9:08am Thu 19 Jun 14

josiejoe says...

Great idea, lets demolish one of the last bits of architectural heritage in the city and build another concrete, soulless pit. I've lived in quite a few cities and Southampton is by far the ugliest and least liveable. How about some decent planning for a change. There are many examples of what can be done on these sites should as this one in Dublin. http://armchairtrave
logue.blogspot.co.uk
/2009/06/dublin-gasw
orks-apartments-alli
ance.html
Great idea, lets demolish one of the last bits of architectural heritage in the city and build another concrete, soulless pit. I've lived in quite a few cities and Southampton is by far the ugliest and least liveable. How about some decent planning for a change. There are many examples of what can be done on these sites should as this one in Dublin. http://armchairtrave logue.blogspot.co.uk /2009/06/dublin-gasw orks-apartments-alli ance.html josiejoe
  • Score: 1

10:09am Thu 19 Jun 14

BANJOED says...

margie933 wrote:
Paint them brown with a cream top then get Guinness to advertise their brew on them
Just dismantle the one closest to St Marys, then shot blast the second one and paint it cream... refurbish or replace the staircase and paint that in a contrasting colour (anything but skate blue). It would also require a lift for the elderly/disabled/pus
h chairs etc. when that is done, install a tall armoured glass perimeter barrier and a modest visitor centre with cafe/toilets etc.
[quote][p][bold]margie933[/bold] wrote: Paint them brown with a cream top then get Guinness to advertise their brew on them[/p][/quote]Just dismantle the one closest to St Marys, then shot blast the second one and paint it cream... refurbish or replace the staircase and paint that in a contrasting colour (anything but skate blue). It would also require a lift for the elderly/disabled/pus h chairs etc. when that is done, install a tall armoured glass perimeter barrier and a modest visitor centre with cafe/toilets etc. BANJOED
  • Score: -2

10:09am Thu 19 Jun 14

BANJOED says...

margie933 wrote:
Paint them brown with a cream top then get Guinness to advertise their brew on them
Just dismantle the one closest to St Marys, then shot blast the second one and paint it cream... refurbish or replace the staircase and paint that in a contrasting colour (anything but skate blue). It would also require a lift for the elderly/disabled/pus
h chairs etc. when that is done, install a tall armoured glass perimeter barrier and a modest visitor centre with cafe/toilets etc.
[quote][p][bold]margie933[/bold] wrote: Paint them brown with a cream top then get Guinness to advertise their brew on them[/p][/quote]Just dismantle the one closest to St Marys, then shot blast the second one and paint it cream... refurbish or replace the staircase and paint that in a contrasting colour (anything but skate blue). It would also require a lift for the elderly/disabled/pus h chairs etc. when that is done, install a tall armoured glass perimeter barrier and a modest visitor centre with cafe/toilets etc. BANJOED
  • Score: -2

10:16am Thu 19 Jun 14

BANJOED says...

BANJOED wrote:
margie933 wrote:
Paint them brown with a cream top then get Guinness to advertise their brew on them
Just dismantle the one closest to St Marys, then shot blast the second one and paint it cream... refurbish or replace the staircase and paint that in a contrasting colour (anything but skate blue). It would also require a lift for the elderly/disabled/pus

h chairs etc. when that is done, install a tall armoured glass perimeter barrier and a modest visitor centre with cafe/toilets etc.
OOPS! sorry for double post.
[quote][p][bold]BANJOED[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]margie933[/bold] wrote: Paint them brown with a cream top then get Guinness to advertise their brew on them[/p][/quote]Just dismantle the one closest to St Marys, then shot blast the second one and paint it cream... refurbish or replace the staircase and paint that in a contrasting colour (anything but skate blue). It would also require a lift for the elderly/disabled/pus h chairs etc. when that is done, install a tall armoured glass perimeter barrier and a modest visitor centre with cafe/toilets etc.[/p][/quote]OOPS! sorry for double post. BANJOED
  • Score: -2

1:00pm Thu 19 Jun 14

4abettersouthampton says...

Ideal place for wildflower park like london2012. Better location than the old boating lake on the common
Ideal place for wildflower park like london2012. Better location than the old boating lake on the common 4abettersouthampton
  • Score: -1

4:23pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Build a decent Coach Station and decent Railway Links plus a Ice Rink!
Build a decent Coach Station and decent Railway Links plus a Ice Rink! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 0

5:34pm Thu 19 Jun 14

loosehead says...

Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
Build a decent Coach Station and decent Railway Links plus a Ice Rink!
Check the Saxon ruins try to preserve them & then on the old Meridian Site build a Coach/Bus station great idea.
[quote][p][bold]Fatty x Ford Worker[/bold] wrote: Build a decent Coach Station and decent Railway Links plus a Ice Rink![/p][/quote]Check the Saxon ruins try to preserve them & then on the old Meridian Site build a Coach/Bus station great idea. loosehead
  • Score: 0

4:05pm Mon 23 Jun 14

lowe esteem says...

loosehead wrote:
Fatty x Ford Worker wrote:
Build a decent Coach Station and decent Railway Links plus a Ice Rink!
Check the Saxon ruins try to preserve them & then on the old Meridian Site build a Coach/Bus station great idea.
What about a park and ride for the park and ride and the satellite railway station next to the ice rink and a cycle path to the bike sheds en route to the other pointless museum sited in entirely the wrong location?
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fatty x Ford Worker[/bold] wrote: Build a decent Coach Station and decent Railway Links plus a Ice Rink![/p][/quote]Check the Saxon ruins try to preserve them & then on the old Meridian Site build a Coach/Bus station great idea.[/p][/quote]What about a park and ride for the park and ride and the satellite railway station next to the ice rink and a cycle path to the bike sheds en route to the other pointless museum sited in entirely the wrong location? lowe esteem
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Dan Soton says...

Dan Soton wrote:
,,

Solent Sky Museum director and historian Alan Jones said: "... "They were so much a part of the skyline and community in the area...

In the eyes of a late 50's early 60's Northumberland Rd kid the Gasometers were the skyline.. they looked like Ginormous Dalek Hives even on the darkest foggiest winter's day.. Fred Dibnah (RIP) would of punch the lights out of anyone who called them aesthetically pleasing and historically-signifi

cant.

In fact Southern Gas should leave the Gasometers fully extended for a few weeks to reminded the City Planners of the blight on the landscape they really are..


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,,

Josiejoe says... There are many examples of what can be done on these sites should as this one in Dublin.


You jest


Dublin.. a worthy facade for any building


http://armchairtrave logue.blogspot.co.uk /2009/06/dublin-gasw orks-apartments-alli ance.html



Southampton.. merely a rusting meccano set in comparison




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[quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: ,, Solent Sky Museum director and historian Alan Jones said: "... "They were so much a part of the skyline and community in the area... In the eyes of a late 50's early 60's Northumberland Rd kid the Gasometers were the skyline.. they looked like Ginormous Dalek Hives even on the darkest foggiest winter's day.. Fred Dibnah (RIP) would of punch the lights out of anyone who called them aesthetically pleasing and historically-signifi cant. In fact Southern Gas should leave the Gasometers fully extended for a few weeks to reminded the City Planners of the blight on the landscape they really are.. ,,[/p][/quote],, Josiejoe says... There are many examples of what can be done on these sites should as this one in Dublin. You jest Dublin.. a worthy facade for any building http://armchairtrave logue.blogspot.co.uk /2009/06/dublin-gasw orks-apartments-alli ance.html Southampton.. merely a rusting meccano set in comparison ,, Dan Soton
  • Score: 0

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