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Demolition of landmark gas holder in Bury St Edmunds is well underway

Gas holder in Tayfen Road being dismantled ANL-151218-151319001
Gas holder in Tayfen Road being dismantled ANL-151218-151319001

This dramatic picture shows the ongoing demolition of a landmark gas holder - paving the way for major development in Bury St Edmunds.

National Grid is dismantling the redundant gas holder, in Tayfen Road, and the work is on schedule to be completed by April.

It will allow for a long awaited regeneration of the area and developer Pigeon has consulted on a masterplan, which includes proposals for a mixture of new homes including flats, a care home and commercial uses such as a foodstore and family pub.

An outline planning application has already been submitted on part of the land for 215 homes and a 60 bed care home.

The 1950s gas holder is the last major physical link to the Bury Gasworks, which closed in 1964.

A spokesman for National Grid said: “We are dismantling the redundant gas holder so the land can be cleared and made available for use as part of the local development plan. By clearing the site we hope it can be made useful once more and play a part in future growth and regeneration.

“Work began to dismantle the holder started in October is on schedule to be completed by April. The first stages of the project, to remove water from inside the holder and take off the roof, are complete. Work is now beginning on the next stage to remove the metal ‘lifts’ inside the holder. These allowed it to expand and contract to accommodate the quantities of gas. This will continue in the New Year, before the final stage to remove the metal shell.

“The work is part of a nationwide programme by National Grid to take down redundant gas holders and breathe new life into brownfield sites.”


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