On Thursday April 9, when these images were captured, only a small part of the gasometer was still standing, with the building expected to be completely destroyed by the end of the weekend.
The demolition marks a significant moment, as the Wellington Street Gasometer is one of the city’s most recognizable sites with the Coal Gas Works first built on the site in the 1870s.
The structure was once used to store gas but was no longer needed following improvements to the main national gas grid which meant gas could be stored underground instead.
The demolition was carried out by National Grid contractor Erith and the project lasted six months.
It’s part of National Grid’s wider UK program to return its land to beneficial use. Using innovative techniques, such as solar-powered generators, to reduce any impact of the works on the site’s neighbours, the plans were approved by Peterborough Borough Council and heritage registration of the gasometer was undertaken.
As part of National Grid and Erith’s commitment to supporting the communities in which they work, the site team worked with local organizations including the Peterborough Soup Kitchen. Erith members have organized several food box drives to help feed those in need in the area.
Kevin Dawson, Administrator of the Peterborough Soup Kitchen, said: “We were delighted when National Grid and Erith contacted us to see if they could help us feed the hungry people in Peterborough. In such a difficult year for everyone, we are grateful that Erith was able to make this essential donation, and we look forward to working with them in the future.
The project has also supported the Peterborough Environment City Trust’s Warm Homes project and donated computers to Bishop Creighton Academy.
Helen Reidy, business manager at Bishop Creighton Academy, said: “This is going to make a huge difference for our children and their families.”
Gavin Craig, Erith Site Manager, added: “While we have been working in the region, it has been very important for the team to support community initiatives in a variety of ways. Working with these organizations has been a fantastic way to engage with the communities in which we work. Knowing that we are helping people in need in such a direct way has been very gratifying.