Provan Gasworks decommissioning to leave a lasting legacy
September 26 2019
Scotland Gas Networks are to decommission two B listed redundant gas holders at Provan Gasworks through the removal of their tanks and shells and their infill to ground level, leaving only the frames intact.
The formal listing by Historic Environment Scotland pertains solely to the twin iron frames, the largest ever built in Scotland, which have been a prominent local landmark since their erection by Glasgow Corporation in 1903.
In a statement the applicant wrote: “Given that the gasholder frames remain listed there are consequential effects of placing an unduly onerous burden on the applicant to maintain the structure to a certain standard, in a way unique to the circumstances which no other listed ‘building’ would have and also makes it harder and more costly to maintain these structures into the future.
“That presents a unique circumstance where this type of listed ‘building’, which was never designed to stand for over a century, would require costly maintenance over and above what would normally be required for more traditional listed buildings.”
Each three-tier circular frame rises to 46.5m in height, supported by a steel lattice girders and ties set in sunken brickwork and a 15.5m deep puddle clay tank.
Associated infrastructure will also be removed save for a C-listed office and workshop.
Ofgem has ruled that all UK gasholders must be dismantled by 2029 on environmental and health & safety grounds.
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