The SALISBURY gasometer is expected to be demolished nearly ten years after it was decommissioned.
The Wiltshire Council has cleared Scotia Gas Networks (SGN) to dismantle the steel framing and gas tank, as well as a number of one-story buildings on the site east of Coldharbour Lane.
SGN, owner of the gasometer, says the demolition is not part of any future housing plan, but would leave a “redundant brownfield with good redevelopment potential”.
The gasometer is not listed and is no longer needed as the gas is now stored in underground pipelines.
SGN claims that the empty structure is expensive to maintain, which is “unreasonable and unjustified given that they are no longer useful”.
He proposes a “careful and methodical dismantling”, having succeeded in dismantling many gasometers across the country.
More than 90 percent of the materials removed will be recycled, the firm said, and the work will have “no impact on the highway network.”
Labor is expected to last up to six months.
The Type 47 gasometer was built in 1928 by Newton Chambers & Co Ltd and is described by SGN as “a common example” which “has no particular historical or architectural value”.
Richard Deane wrote in the June magazine of the Salisbury Civic Society: âWhile it is known that not all members are fans of the gasometer, the general position of the Society has been that it adds an interesting element to the seen from many different angles and that it is an important piece of industrial archeology, in a city where much has been lost.
SGN will donate the plaque recording the construction of the gasometer to the Salisbury Museum, where it will be restored.