Gasometers, Granton, Lattice

News : February 4-10 2002

Granton Gasometers: Redevelopment for Lattice, Edinburgh

Gas Meters
With reference to’s calls for some imagination to be used by Lattice, Edinburgh at Granton gasometers: Jean Nouvel, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Manfred Wehdorn, Wilhelm Holzbauer Four Gasometers built between 1886 and 1899, originally housed the tanks for the gas supply of Vienna. When Vienna converted its gas supply to natural gas between 1970 and 1978, the gasometers became obsolete and the technical equipment of the gas tanks was consequently dismantled. What remained was the outer skin of 90,000 cubic meters monumental brick cylinders that are now under protection as monuments of history and for their classical design…When, in 1995 it was decided to utilize these structures for residential purposes, four planners brought forward their proposals in conjunction with renowned architects…Vienna’s history shows that monuments are not sacrosanct buildings but vital elements of a dynamic city. From the point of view of monumental protection the historical Gasometers are not particularly worthy of preservation. They should be preserved though, as they are a symbol for the development of the City of Vienna’s infrastructure.”

SecondSite, formerly Lattice, Edinburgh
West Granton Masterplans, 1998-2003 SecondSite are responsible for the ‘ForthQuarter’ site SecondSite Property (SSP) formerly Lattice Property Holdings, formerly Lattice.
Principal Architects for SecondSite were Foster & Partners.

Secondsite has committed more than £20m towards the construction of a new Waterfront access road and to its current programme of site activity at Granton. These involve remedial works to address its historic coal-based gas production legacy, and the planned demolition of its gasholders.

SecondSite’s Forth Quarter includes approx. 8ha landscaped public open space, 75,000 sq m of office/business space – including Centrica HQ, hotel & leisure facilities, 2,000 residential dwellings, Telford College, a primary school, a local centre of 10,500 sq m for retail & mixed commercial use, and inclusion of strategic links for a proposed 10-mile tram route (‘East Loop’) proposed to link Granton and Leith with the city centre. ‘Granton Links Park’ is proposed, public transport interchange facilities and retention of the listed gasworks gatehouse.

SecondSite Property own the ‘Granton Gas Works’ – a large industrial complex which developed from 1898. Originally built for the Edinburgh and Leith Corporations, the site passed to the Scottish Gas Board and, following de-nationalisation and break-up, is now operated by Transco, the gas distribution company, with part of the site home to Scottish Gas, the combined utility supplier (Lattice, Edinburgh).

Do we need a design tsar?
Such as Terry Farrell…Apparently Edinburgh should appoint a “tsar” to improve the standard of its new buildings because much of the city’s modern architecture is ‘not good enough’.

Jenners refurbisment – canopy removal will bring in more light.

Forth Riviera
Forth Ports to proceed with its Western Harbour development in Edinburgh, despite recent fears that the £600m project would be derailed because of methane contamination of the site. Western Harbour

Bridgehead Revisited
Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects’ Newbridge Project was granted Outline Planning Permission today

Terminal terminated
Plans for a £1m revamp of Edinburgh Haymarket station scrapped

For the second year running is the highest-ranking site across the globe for ‘contemporary architecture’ on the World’s most popular search engine, Google:
google: ‘contemporary architecture’ 1st of 569000
google: ‘edinburgh architecture’ 1st of 149000

The Scottish Design Awards 2002
Scottish Design Awards PR
This year’s Architecture Panel is to be chaired by Will Alsop architect

Architectural Panel:
Isi Metzstein
Adrian Welch,
Keith Brownlie, Wilkinson & Eyre
Murray Grigor, Film Maker
Alison Forrest, Editor of Prospect Magazine
Tim Greenhalgh, Fitch

Wave goodbye
Waverley Station redevelopment:
Waverley Station
Edinburgh architects are no doubt wary about speaking publicly re this project as many will be interested in entering the competition: but new reports suggest there may be no competition. Air your views.
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