Gasometers are, like factory chimneys, bridges, mines and steam trains, part of the UK’s valuable industrial heritage. Some would argue that with their airy structures silhouetted against the sky, they are also very beautiful.
Unfortunately many gasometers have been demolished and others are under threat. This is true in my own Borough of Haringey in London where a couple of beautiful gasometers are threatened with demolition.
However, the Viennese have come up with an original architectural design which has turned these lacelike spaces into apartments with on site cinemas, gardens and shops.
Personally, I love the gasometers in their original form, and would love to keep them just as they are - but if demolition cannot be avoided then surely the Viennese model could be considered?