A FAMILIAR landmark of Croydon’s skyline – the gas works – is being torn down to be replaced with warehouses.
Work is well under way to dismantle a metal gas holder in Factory Lane by company SGN.
It is one of 16 London gas holders owned by SGN which could be redeveloped.
The well-known feature off Factory Lane is a remnant of the Waddon Marsh site, originally home to the Croydon Gas Works.
It was built in 1860 by the Croydon Gas Company and there were originally two gas holders. The works closed in the early 1970s.
In September 2021 property developer Chancerygate made a deal with the gas company to develop a 95,000 sq ft industrial space worth £25 million.
Firm plans are yet to be submitted but the developers say it would be made up of 14 warehouses.
Chancerygate development director Jonathan Lee said: “We are excited to bring forward our plans for a first-class industrial scheme in an excellent location.
“We’re confident our development will be best-placed to satisfy that demand and become a thriving part of Croydon’s commercial infrastructure, especially as we expect it to create more than 100 jobs.”
When the partnership was announced, SGN’s place operations and land quality manager, Scott Lewis, said: “This is a great opportunity to redevelop unused brownfield land and turn what was a redundant gas holder site into a first-class industrial scheme which will greatly benefit the local area.
“Working with our partner Chancerygate, we look forward to bringing this scheme forward, helping the local community through the creation of jobs and revitalising this site.”
The first gas holder was invented in 1824 and built in Leeds. They continued to be built across the country and became a feature in most towns by the early 20th century.
When natural gas was discovered in the North Sea in the 1960s, gas holders in each town became obsolete as the gas was then transferred to underground pipes.