Huge gasholders to be removed from Sheffield’s skyline

The gas holders at Neepsend
The gas holders at Neepsend
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Huge gasholders which have been a familiar site on Sheffield’s skyline for decades are being dismantled.

National Grid is in the early stages of dismantling the structures at Meadowhall and Neepsend to clear the way for future energy generation on the sites.

The gas holders at Meadowhall

The gas holders at Meadowhall

Improvements in the way gas is stored means gasholders are no longer needed.

Both sites have a long history in helping supply Sheffield with gas, with the Neepsend gasworks site dating back to 1852.

South Yorkshire was granted powers to develop the first gas grid in the country in 1931, ensuring the region had a steady supply of gas for the first time.

The ability to heat homes and have hot water on tap meant the project was welcomed and soon a boost in capacity was needed.

As part of the expansion two gasholders were built at Meadowhall.

Visible from the M1 Tinsley Viaduct, the duo were constructed around the same time as neighbours the Tinsley Cooling Towers.

The first – and largest of the two gasholders – had a capacity of eight million cubic feet and was the largest spiral-guided gasholder in the world, when it was built in 1938. The second was added soon after to keep up with demand.

Katherine Scargill, National Grid land regeneration manager said: “The sites at Meadowhall and Neepsend have a long history in supplying gas to the region, but improvements in how we store gas means gasholders are no longer needed.

“By regenerating the sites we hope they can be put to a better use for the community in the future.

“Preserving heritage is important to us. We are looking at ways to keep alive the memory of the gasholders and the industrial history they represent.”

National Grid is holding two public drop-in sessions for anyone who wants to find out more about the gasholders and how it goes about taking them down.

The Meadowhall gasholders session is at Saint Thomas Church, Newman Road, Wincobank on Tuesday, September 22, from 3pm to 7pm.

The Neepsend session is at The Hillsborough Hotel, Langsett Road, Walkley on Wednesday, September 23, from 3pm to 7pm.