Work begins to pull down gasometers
WORK has started to pull down the town’s iconic gasworks.
Love them or hate them, the gasholders on Black Lane have become a well-recognised feature of the town - looming over Macclesfield for more than a hundred years.
But now engineers have started work to pull them down for good.
Workers on cherry pickers have started preparatory work and the first pieces have come down. Tom Mellor, from National Grid, said: “We’ve started work today and it will be a careful process to bring down the gasholders piece by piece.
“Today we’ve got cherry pickers up there testing and the gasholders will come down gradually over the coming days.”
It’s careful work after the structures stored natural gas which provided power to thousands of homes across Macclesfield.
The contractors will carefully dismantle the original tower - built in 1899 - and the second gasholder, which was built in 1925 and sits below ground, will be filled in, to clear the site for development.
The cleared land has been identified as a site suitable for employment uses in the council’s proposed Local Plan.
Engineers start work to remove the gasholders at Black Lane in Macclesfield