East End Waterway Group
Started 2 petitions
PETITION TO TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL OBJECTING TO ST WILLIAM HOMES’ PLANNING APPLICATION
EEWG PETITION TO TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL OBJECTING TO ST WILLIAM HOMES’ PLANNING APPLICATION FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE MARIAN PLACE GASHOLDER SITE AND DEMANDING THE IN SITU CONSERVATION AND BEST POSSIBLE ‘REUSE’ OF THE HISTORIC BETHNAL GREEN GASHOLDERS THE No.2 COLUMNAR GUIDE FRAME (1865-66) IS THE OLDEST SURVIVING GASHOLDER GUIDE FRAME IN THE WORLD THE No.5 LATTICE GUIDE FRAME (1888-89) IS ONE OF THE FEW SURVIVING EXAMPLES BUILT BY THE WORLD-RENOWNED LOCAL FIRM OF SAMUEL CUTLER & SONS OF MILLWALL (ISLE OF DOGS) THEY ARE THE ONLY SURVIVING ADJACENT GASHOLDER GUIDE FRAMES IN LONDON WHICH REPRESENTS THE TWO MAIN TYPES OF HISTORIC GASHOLDER GUIDE FRAME, AND THE ONLY SURVIVING IN SITU GASHOLDER GUIDE FRAMES ON THE REGENT’S CANAL ST WILLIAM HOMES’ FORTHCOMING PLANNING APPLICATION FOR BLOCKS OF FLATS INSIDE BOTH GUIDE FRAMES WOULD ‘RETAIN’ THE ORIGINAL GUIDE FRAMES BY DISMANTLING THEM FOR OFF SITE CONSERVATION AT AN ENGINEERING WORKS AND RE-ERECTION AROUND THE NEWLY BUILT BLOCK OF FLATS (PROBABLY ON THEIR ORIGINAL IN-GROUND TANKS). THIS WOULD: ̶ BE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN IN SITU CONSERVATION FROM SCAFFOLDING ̶ RISK DAMAGE (ESPECIALLY THE No.2’s BRITTLE CAST-IRON COLUMNS AND PEDESTALS) ̶ REQUIRE NEW CONNECTIONS AND REINFORCEMENTS ̶ RESULT IN SERIOUS AND UNNECESSARY LOSS OF AUTHENTICITY We, the undersigned, object to the proposed block of flats inside the re-erected No.2 columnar guide frame and want the guide frame conserved in situ (on its original in-ground brick tank) with a circular grassed public open space inside so that: • the world’s oldest surviving gasholder guide frame is fully appreciated in its canalside location • the circular open space admits sunlight to what would otherwise be a very shaded part of the canalside and the canal • the circular open space links the proposed central public open space with the open space of the canalside and the canal. We, the undersigned, also want the No.5 lattice guide frame conserved in situ (on its original in-ground concrete tank) and St William Homes proposed block of flats built inside the in situ conserved guide frame, like the block of flats built inside the Alliance gasholder guide frame at Dublin, which was conserved in situ from scaffolding.
PETITION TO ST WILLIAM HOMES TO SAVE THE BETHNAL GREEN GASHOLDERS
The two gasholders on the Regents Canal are under threat from a development by St William Homes (Berkeley Homes and National Grid). The smaller No. 2 gasholder was built in 1866, the larger No. 5 gasholder in 1888-9. We the undersigned are alarmed at the prospect of the No. 2 gasholder’s columnar guide frame being demolished. And want the earliest and most ‘classical’ surviving example of its type in the world retained and conserved in situ on its original in-ground brick tank; so that the structural integrity and significance of the world’s second oldest surviving gasholder is preserved for present and future generations. We want the No. 5 gasholder’s lattice guide frame to be retained and conserved in situ on its original in-ground concrete tank; so that the structural integrity and significance of the magnificent gasholder (built by the world-renowned local firm of Samuel Cutler & Sons of Millwall) is preserved for present and future generations. We also want the roller carriages from the gasholder’s removed bells to be relocated at the bases of the guide rails: so that, with the help of interpretation boards, present and future generations would be able to understand how the up and down movements of the telescopic bells were guided and supported by the guide frames.