News


01/09/15 - Dismantling work nears completion

You may have noticed if you’ve been past the site recently that the MAN holder has now disappeared below the site’s walls, we are in the final stages of dismantling it, removing the concrete slab at the base of the structure. We currently expect this to be complete by the end of September.

Once complete we will be ready to hand the site over to our development partner St William who will take the site into the future, bringing forward hundreds of new homes and jobs.

Keith Johnson, National Grid’s Land Regeneration Manager said: “I’d like to thank the local community for their continued cooperation and understanding while we complete our work which is making an important contribution to the area’s regeneration.”

For more information about our work on the site you can call our helpline on 0800 319 6165.

Alternatively you can email info@BatterseaGasholders.com, or write to Battersea Gasholders, Local Dialogue, FREEPOST RTLA-GHRX-SSXA, 77a Tradescant Road, London, SW8 1XJ.

10/10/14 - National Grid donates historic gasholder crests to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and local school

National Grid has donated two crests from its Battersea Gasholders, which are currently being dismantled.

The crests were presented at a special ceremony held at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on Battersea Park Road.

One crest dated 1882, bears the name of Robert Morton – the gasholder engineer – engraved over a St George’s Cross. This crest has been donated to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, and the charity plans to incorporate it into its ongoing £4.9m upgrade. The world famous Home has been the next-door neighbour of the gasholders site since it moved there from Islington in 1871. Another crest, featuring a St George’s Cross, has been donated to St George’s Church of England Primary School in Wandsworth. The school, located in nearby Corunna Road, recently participated in a special art and photography initiative led by National Grid, Wandsworth Council, and the Pump House Gallery.

Children from the school visited the site and learned about its history and engineering. They worked with professional artist Amy Jayne Hughes to create drawings and sculptures interpreting what they had seen and learned. The school plans to display these sculptures and the donated crest in their front reception area.

Once the gasholders are dismantled, the site will be redeveloped to deliver new homes, shops, and public space. National Grid has sold the site to developer St James, a subsidiary of the Berkeley Group, the same developer currently building the Riverlight development along Nine Elms Lane.

For more information on the donated crests and National Grid’s work at Battersea call 0800 319 6165, email info@BatterseaGasholders.com or write to Battersea Gasholders, Local Dialogue, FREEPOST NAT3717, London, SE1 2BR.

12/09/14 - Final gallery open days and MAN holder dismantling works to start

Three more open days are to be held at the Gallery in the Engineer’s House at our Battersea Gasholders site.

The following dates and times will be your final chance to visit the photo and art gallery installation that has been in place since late June.

  • Saturday 20 September, 10am-1pm (Open House London)
  • Thursday 25 September, 3pm-5pm
  • Saturday 27 September, 10am-1pm

We hope you can attend one of our remaining open days at the Engineer’s House of the Battersea Gasholders, Prince of Wales Drive, London, SW8 4BL. The Gallery is accessible via the site’s main doorway marked Field No. 1 on Prince of Wales Drive. In the interest of safety, please do not enter through the site gate.

In addition to the gallery, our experienced contractor Coleman and Company will start the works to dismantle the blue MAN holder from Monday 15 September onwards with the delivery of a mobile crane. We expect the crane to arrive on site at around 5.30am to avoid causing traffic disruption.

The work is due to be completed before Christmas 2014. The dismantling process will see a piston inside the gasholder raised 90m to the roof using compressed air pumps. The piston used to enable the flow of gas in and out of the holder. The roof will be cut from the top of the tank and fixed to the piston, creating a platform supported by air. From this platform Coleman and Company will dismantle the tank cutting and lowering sections to the ground.

We will continue to keep you updated with the latest on the dismantling works. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the work at our Battersea site, you can contact us by calling 0800 319 6165, emailing info@BatterseaGasholders.com, or writing to Battersea Gasholders, Local Dialogue, FREEPOST NAT3717, London, SE1 2BR.

17/06/14 - Gasholder gallery opens: Pop up exhibitions launched at the Battersea Gasholders

National Grid, Wandsworth Council’s Arts Team and the Pump House Gallery have launched two parallel exhibitions at the Battersea Gasholders site in Nine Elms on the South Bank.

Children from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, John Burns Primary School, Griffins Primary School and St George’s Church of England Primary School, all located in Wandsworth have produced their own interpretations of the gasholders as part of an exciting arts and heritage programme.

National Grid has been teaching the local schoolchildren about the history and engineering behind the Battersea Gasholders site and its role in the community. The children visited the gasholders site, saw the dismantling process in action, and worked with artist Amy Hughes to create drawings and sculpture to interpret what they saw and learned. National Grid takes pride in its history and also in fostering the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.

The project team also commissioned a specialist photographer, Ben Murphy, to take a series of documentary portraits of the gasholders before they are dismantled, creating unique industrial portraits of each gasholder. The photographs cover a wide range of perspectives of the gasholders including interior and exterior views and offer atmospheric interpretations of these industrial monoliths.

The exhibition dates at the Engineer’s House, Battersea Gasholders, Prince of Wales Drive, London, SW8 4BL:

  • Wednesday 25 June, 11am-3pm
  • Wednesday 26 June, 11am-3pm
  • Saturday 28 June, 10am-1pm
  • Saturday 26 July, 10am-1pm
  • Thursday 31 July, 3pm-5pm
  • Thursday 28 August, 3pm-5pm
  • Saturday 30 August, 10am-1pm
  • Saturday 20 September, 10am-1pm
  • Thursday 25 September, 3pm-5pm

For information about the project please contact the National Grid community relations team on 0800 319 6165 or email info@BatterseaGasholders.com. Letters can be sent to Battersea Gasholders, Local Dialogue, FREEPOST NAT3717, London, SE1 2BR.

06/06/14 - Working on Saturdays

We’ll now be working on Saturdays at our Battersea Gasholders site.

Our experienced contractors, Coleman and Company, start working Saturdays from 7 June 2014 onwards. Our working hours will be 8:00am to 1:00pm only.

Our planning consent for the dismantling of the gasholders includes permission to work on Saturdays if required. We will continue to work considerately and carefully manage our site. We will have completed our work before the end of this year, leaving the site ready for St James, its new owners, to deliver new homes in Nine Elms on the South Bank.

We will keep you updated with the latest news from our site but, if you have any questions about our work, you can contact us by calling 0800 319 6165, emailing info@BatterseaGasholders.com, or writing to Battersea Gasholders, Local Dialogue, FREEPOST NAT3717, London, SE1 2BR.

08/05/14 - Dismantling the Battersea Gasholders – Removing telescopic gasholders and other work we are doing locally

News about our work to take down gasholders on Prince of Wales Drive, as well as further important work that we will be doing in Nine Elms.

Work at our Battersea Gasholders site

We have agreed the sale of our site to the developer St James, and we are making good progress with our dismantling works. Clearing the site will allow it to be brought back into use to provide new homes.

We have removed three redundant buildings and are now removing the tanks of three gasholders located around the base of the large, blue gasholder.

These three gasholders are known as telescopic gasholders. Telescopic gasholders get their name from how they functioned. As gas was pumped into the gasholder and then into the local gas pipe network, its tank rose out of, or sank into, the ground. A reservoir of water at the bottom of the gasholder created a seal that stopped gas escaping.

We are draining and cleaning the gasholders' reservoirs and removing the tanks. Once this is done, we will refill the space left by reservoirs using clay and other suitable and safe materials, recycling from the site where we can. Work to the gasholder closest to Prince of Wales Drive will be completed first. This will create the space needed to work on the rest of our site.

Two of the gasholders are supported by frames that guided the tanks as they rose and sank. These frames will be removed after the gasholders' reservoirs have been filled.

We are carefully planning and preparing our work to the large blue gasholder, and will write to you with more information when we are ready to begin dismantling it.

Our site will be cleared by the end of the year.

Important upcoming work in wider Nine Elms

We own, operate and maintain the UK's national gas distribution network. Our national network supplies eight regional networks that in turn supply gas to homes and businesses.

In London, we will be undertaking essential work to replace Victorian medium pressure gas mains with modern piping that will keep Londoners connected to a safe and reliable supply of gas.

In Nine Elms, we are replacing gas mains that run from Queenstown Road, around Queens Circus, along Prince of Wales Drive, the A3205 (Battersea Park Road/Nine Elms Lane), to Vauxhall Bridge. Initial work has begun and we will be providing more information shortly. Replacing the gas mains is not connected to the dismantling of our gasholders and our works will not affect your supply of gas.

We will keep you informed about our work but in the meantime, if you have any questions you can contact our gas team on 0800 096 5678. You can also find useful information about planned road works, including our works, at www.RoadWorks.org.

Remember, if you smell gas, call our Gas Emergency team on 0800 111 999.

For more information about what we do, visit www.NationalGrid.com.

You can call our team on 0800 319 6165 and also write free of charge to Battersea Gasholders, Local Dialogue LLP, FREEPOST NAT3717, London, SE1 2BR.

19/11/13 - Dismantling the Battersea Gasholders – Demolishing existing buildings and public information events

National Grid has started initial work to clear its gasholder site on Prince of Wales Drive.

The gasholders are no longer needed and were decommissioned in 2012. Over the last month, we have been preparing the site for dismantling works.

Initial works to remove buildings and make space to work on the site have begun and will shortly demolish three buildings on site – a motor house, a workshop and a boiler house.

An old house on the site, the Engineer’s House, will be used as an office and will be demolished towards the end of the project.

The main works to the gasholders will take place between December 2013 and December 2014.

We plan to work on weekdays between 8am and 6pm. If any work outside these times is required, we will let the community know. Throughout the project we will make sure any potential disruption is kept to a minimum.

You can find out more about how and when the works will take place, including the exciting technical challenges faced by our team, at one of our public information events on:

27 and 28 November 2013
3pm to 7pm

The Engineer’s House
Battersea Gasholders
Prince of Wales Drive
SW8

Both events are being held at the site and members of our team will be on hand to answer your questions. Please follow the signs to the Engineer’s House entrance and do not use the site’s main gated entrance.

You can call our team on 0800 319 6165 and also write free of charge to Battersea Gasholders, Local Dialogue LLP, FREEPOST NAT3717, London, SE1 2BR.

13/9/13 - Battersea gasholders – Setting up to dismantle the gasholders

We’re writing to you as you previously signed up for project updates, live or work near our Battersea Gasholders. In January this year, Wandsworth Council granted us planning permission to demolish our gasholders on Prince of Wales Drive. Through the spring and early summer, we carried out site investigation works to better understand our site in preparation for dismantling the gasholders.

From Monday 16 September 2013 our team will be at the gasholders site preparing cabins and other facilities that will be used during the dismantling process. Our working hours will be 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday only. This work will take up to two weeks and, once complete, we will be ready to begin clearing the site.

We will shortly hold a public information event and will be contacting you again with the details. At the event you will be able to find out more about the dismantling process as well as meet our team and ask them questions.

In the meantime you can contact us by calling 0800 319 6165,
emailing info@BatterseaGasholders.com,
or writing to Battersea Gasholders, Local Dialogue LLP, FREEPOST NAT3717, London, SE1 2BR.

29/4/13 - Battersea gasholders - Site investigation work update

We issued our first update on 9 April 2013, letting you know that from 16 April 2013 we would be on our Battersea gasholders site for five weeks carrying out early surveys ahead of demolition this summer.

From Monday 29 April 2013, we will be investigating the condition of soil and groundwater. This requires drilling boreholes on some parts of our site that will continue until 14 May 2013.

We will also be carrying out trial pitting on the site between 7 and 9 May 2013. This will see us excavating small areas of the site in order to understand its structure and check for the existence of potential underground cavities.

We will be starting at 8:00am and will be done by 5pm each day. We will only work Monday to Friday.

If you have any questions, please contact us by calling 0800 319 6165, emailing info@BatterseaGasholders.com, or writing to Battersea Gasholders, Local Dialogue LLP, Freepost NAT3717, London, SE1 2BR.

If you know someone who would like to receive updates, please put them in touch with us.

9/4/13 - Battersea gasholders – Site investigation work

In January this year, Wandsworth Council granted us planning permission to demolish our gasholders on Prince of Wales Drive.

We plan to demolish the gasholders this summer. However, we first need to identify the exact location of underground pipes and cables and check the quality of the soil and groundwater. Investigating the site in detail allows us to plan the demolition.

We will start our site investigation work on 16 April 2013 and continue for five weeks. Our working hours will be 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday only.

During this time, you may see our staff and contractors carrying out the following activities:

  • Using geophysical mapping equipment to identify underground voids
  • Using a truck-mounted vacuum excavator to uncover buried pipes and cables
  • Drilling small boreholes into the ground to take samples of soil and groundwater
  • Using a digger to investigate the location of possible underground cavities and take samples of soil and groundwater.

We do not anticipate there to be any disruption to our neighbours. If you have any questions or would like to receive future updates, you can contact us by calling 0800 319 6165, emailing info@BatterseaGasholders.com, or writing to Battersea Gasholders, Local Dialogue LLP, Freepost NAT3717, London, SE1 2BR.