Preserve Marian Place Gasholders and develop into a green open space for public use

Preserve Marian Place Gasholders and develop into a green open space for public use

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have submitted proposals for the redevelopment of the Bethnal Green gasholders in East London.  Their development includes the development of 6-13 storey residential dwellings around and within the Marian Place gasholders. 

Gasholders no2 and no5 are icons of the East London skyline, enjoyed by all who journey along regents canal.  The fascinating lattice frames and their canal reflections are an ode to the Victorian industrial age and should be preserved for future generations.  The beauty of the Bethnal Green gasholders is their striking silhouette against the London skyline and their frame reflection upon the canal, which will be lost if this development goes ahead. 

Gasholder "No 2", dates back to 1866 and is the most classical surviving example of a "columnar" guide frame in the world.

Gasholder "No 5", dates to 1889 and is the best surviving example of a "lattice girder" guide frame, built by the firm Samuel Cutler and Sons of Millwall.

The recent development of the Kings Cross Gasholders is a fine example of integrating gasholders into a residential development while preserving the gasholder silhouette.  Gasholder Park at Kings Cross  is a beautifully designed green public space, created within a preserved gasholder.  This public space is enjoyed by many and has been used successfully for large events.  

The Regents canal walk is a hugely popular tourist attraction connecting growing tourism to the areas of London fields, Broadway market and Victoria Park.  There is an opportunity to create green park spaces within the gasholders offering mixed use public space for events such as open air performance, music, theatre, fitness, fashion shows and beyond. These spaces could be an exceptional meeting point with food markets and business developing around them.

The deadline for submitting comments to Tower Hamlets is 28/03/2020 at development.control@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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