Last week, we had a really interesting chat in the office about the huge Gas Holders that can be seen from Alan Turing Way in Manchester. As locals, they have been part of the skyline of that area for our entire lives.
Built in 1869, these giants have towered over the local skyline for almost 150 years. They bring us back to a time where gas was stored locally in urban areas and distributed directly to homes and businesses on demand.
Although they were decommissioned in the 1990’s, the writer of this post is old enough to remember days before Eastlands, before Alan Turing Way and before the metrolink, your writer has childhood memories of guessing how full the holders would be as we passed on the orange GM bus, of hearing tales of the mystery gas workers who filled the membrane and how they filled it, and the apocalyptic stories of what happened if they exploded.
It was interesting that the younger members of the office had no idea about the use or purpose of the Gas Holders.
With the recent announcement that Manchester City Centre is Expanding to Eastlands questions are now, obviously being asked about the fate of the Gas Works.
So far, our feelings are they will not be dismantled or destroyed, but maybe repurposed to fit with the redevelopment of the area.
We shall wait and see.