Battersea gasholders demolition begins

Published: Wednesday 27th November 13

National Grid has now started to dismantle the disused gasholders next to Battersea Power Station to make way for new homes, shops and businesses.

Battersea Gasholders cropped webThe site was decommissioned in 2012 and the demolition is expected to last until December next year.


Improvements to the gas network and storage methods mean that the holders are no longer needed.  

National Grid is currently in the process of selecting a development partner to help them realise their ambitions for the site which is located at the western end of the Nine Elms of the South Bank regeneration area.


Several major development projects are already underway just a short distance from the gasholders including Riverlight, Embassy Gardens, Battersea Power Station and the new US Embassy.  

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said:


“For decades this facility was part of a vital gas network but the holders are no longer needed and the land can be released to meet the needs of today’s Londoners.  

“The site occupies a key location between established communities around Battersea Park and the new town centre taking shape within and around the power station. The land has clear potential to provide new homes and jobs as well as valuable new links to the new Nine Elms.


“It’s great to see another project moving forward in this rapidly changing part of London.”  

Keith Johnston, Land Regeneration Manager for National Grid, said:


“As well as keeping the lights on and people warm by supplying electricity and gas to homes and businesses, we are also committed to bringing our old disused sites, such as Battersea, back to life.  This site can provide new homes and also link the existing community to the new Nine Elms developments.”  

Information for local residents


Local people are invited to find out more about the project at drop-in information events this week at the gasholder site on Prince of Wales Drive:   

3pm and 7pm, Wednesday 27 November

3pm and 7pm, Thursday 28 November


Paul Cooper, Project Manager for Coleman & Company, the specialists who will dismantle the holders said: “Dismantling the gasholders is a very exciting project. We’ve spent a great deal of time planning our work in detail and have innovatively overcome a number of technical challenges in the process. We hope people take this opportunity to find out more about our work and the site.”  

People can also find out more information at


About Nine Elms on the South Bank  

Nine Elms on the South Bank includes 480 acres of land between Battersea Park and Lambeth Bridge.


  • More than 18,000 new homes will be built across the area and enough business space to support 25,000 jobs.  
  • Every residential development includes new affordable homes for local residents.
  • A further 22,000 construction jobs will be created during the area-wide building programme.  
  • Wandsworth Council if helping unemployed local residents secure these valuable opportunities via a dedicated recruitment service -
  • The Northern Line Extension will provide the major transport artery which makes the new Nine Elms possible. An infrastructure project championed by Wandsworth Council, it has now won financial support from the Government and is working its way through the planning system.  
  • A brand new public fresh produce market and centre for London’s foodies will be created at New Covent Garden Market. The wholesale market will be comprehensively modernised.
  • An entire town centre is being formed within and around a rejuvenated Battersea Power Station.  
  • Every new development will add to the area’s life and vitality with new cafes, bars, restaurants, cinemas, pubs, shops, boutiques, an auditorium, galleries, event venues and cultural attractions.
  • The new central London district will be set around a network of parks, public squares, riverside walks and gardens, crafted by the world leading architects and urban planners.  
  • The Linear Park - a continuous green corridor sweeping through the district from west to east – will provide a landscaped, green and pleasant pathway from Battersea Power Station all the way to Vauxhall.
  • A new stretch of the Thames riverside walk will run the full length of the regeneration area, extending the cultural offer of the world famous South Bank through Vauxhall and all the way to Battersea Park.  
  • An ambitious cycle strategy seeks to create a network of up to 23 interconnected routes including separate bike lanes on main roads like Nine Elms Lane and Battersea Park Road.
  • A new pedestrian and cycle bridge is proposed to cross the Thames from near the site of the new US Embassy and to link with the established communities of Pimlico on the north bank of the river.   

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Obviously some residents like them, but to me they are like industrial waste. There are heritage places for stuff like this elsewhere. Here, we need homes, and removing what to many of us is an eyesore to put in homes near to public transport and cycle routes is a good thing. Not all change is bad. Protecting every disused industrial site and every pub from development inflates house prices, keeps families in poor accommodation and inhibits the natural change every area needs to thrive. So long as there will be plenty of social housing, including part-buy and low social rent for both single people and families, and that car ownership is discouraged, I'm in favour. Contracts must ban complaints about the Dog's Home-they were there 1st!
Simon Shields

30 November 2013

I'm also rather sorry about it. Gasholders are of considerable historical interest. Fortunately there are listed examples elsewhere.
John Rattray

27 November 2013

I will be sad to see this go. My Great-Grandparents lived in a cottage in the grounds
Jean Gilmore

27 November 2013