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Report - Gasholder No. 7, Nine Elms - 2013.

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Ojay, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. Ojay

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    Gasholder No. 7 – (The M.A.N holder), Nine Elms


    Nine Elms Gasworks

    First established in 1853, located on land that now contains New Covent Garden Market, a former Royal Mail depot and a supermarket

    The London Gas Light Company was just one of many companies in London that produced town gas. It built and owned the Nine Elms Gas Works and Vauxhall Gas Works

    In 1850 there were 13 companies producing town gas in London

    The gas holders originally stored town gas produced by Nine Elms Gasworks and were located away from the gas works

    The gas holders you see today were re-built following an infamous fire (claiming the lives of 9 people), triggered by an explosion in a building adjacent to one of the original gas holders

    Gasholder No. 4 – built between 1872 and 1873
    Gasholder No. 5 – built between 1875 and 1876
    Gasholder No. 6 – built between 1882 and 1883

    Gasholder No. 7 - (blue M.A.N gasholder) – built in 1932


    In between visits to Battersea Powerstation last year, I repeatedly contemplated bothering with the gas holder

    The few people that had already made it up managed so without incident

    An excellent account by Kevin Arnold > http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/other-sites/62933-gas-holder-no-7-london-2011-a.html being the first to conquer this place AFAIK

    This 90m rusting M.A.N holder certainly had my attention so one night we decided to go and take a closer look

    GAJ had been here before, however it wasn't to be on this occasion as the nearby railway was crawling with orange people thwarting our advances

    I'd heard tales of various other entry methods, which by no means were any more sane than our chosen route :crazy

    A few weeks later we returned, this time much earlier to evade those pesky track workers and abundance of CCTV cameras (or so we thought)

    The present day Nine Elms site is wedged between the Railway, the Dog's Home and the Power Station

    I don't think I need to say any more but the way in/out was comedy gold from start to finish

    Anyway with minimal fuss we made it in

    No sooner was I over, a huge camera swung round and was straight on me, it had two over-sized infra red bollocks attached to it and was no question I had prob been spotted

    I was just about to warn GAJ and bail and noticed he was already over and stood behind me "That's new" he claimed :eek:

    In a moment of madness where really we should have bailed we legged it across holder No.6 and into the shadows, as I looked back the oversized heat seeking weapon was following

    Now then, I simply followed GAJ at this point as he's already been here, although I did start to wonder when I saw another 'brand new' looking camera on a pole pointing down the very side we were heading

    "I don't think we came this way around last time" - LEL

    3 cameras later and we were where we needed to be to ascend this beast of a tank

    It was a bit late now for giving up, and I think if we had I wouldn't have bothered to return for obvious reasons

    Track workers had appeared once again and we were in full view of them as we climbed, that and the expectation of blue lights we pressed on until we encountered the inevitable

    Remarkably all remained quiet on the Western front, time for a few snaps

    Now when I say without incident, apologies but I was caught short after that lot, luckily someone had discarded a tesco bag which made for a rather convenient bag of shit

    After sacrificing both socks I lobbed the bag down, it sounded like a bass canon as it hit the deck, splendid, now time for more pics and to take in the views

    My pics aren't the best, I know this, the internals are even worse and the only bulb here was myself as I'd also failed to fetch the shutter remote, so used the phone instead

    We descended the 90m collapsable ladder which is certainly an experience money can't buy, I left my bag of gear at the top to retrieve on the way back

    As we had a poke about and I 'attempted' a couple of internals I noticed a huge hole in the side, that was our easy way out sorted then.. oh wait I've left my bag up top

    GAJ amused himself as I had to go back up, (and down) again much to my annoyance

    Somehow I managed a sly grin as the clusterfuck unfolded..

    Pre-Demolition work had started on the holder at this point, and they had removed some of the weights from the piston and marked up some future cuts

    That would probably explain the amount of new looking motion sensing cameras dotted about the place, that were simply un-avoidable

    As we made our escape the camera was firmly fixed on our entry point, by this stage we couldn't really have cared less if we were greeted or not

    The way out wasn't without fuss, suffice to say we ended up literally face to face with workers who were simply speechless, we took advantage and quickly made it past the final hurdle and away

    When I arrived back home I noticed my 4 gas was missing, I then remembered it was in my camera bag, except now it wasn't..

    It had dawned on me it was now sitting up top of that ruddy great gas holder at Battersea

    Nobody appeared to be paying this place a visit any time soon and I was fucked if I was going back either, even with such a financial loss at stake!

    A quick call to National Grid and the contractors in a blagged attempt to retrieve it resulted in a number of visits to Wandsworth Police station to recover it

    I suppose they had the last laugh here, as 3 visits later they eventually released it from the property store and handed it over

    Thanks for dicking me about, but in the end they had no interest in our late night activities here, much to the annoyance of National Grid who were far from happy

    I've passed here quite regular in recent months, and they are well on with demolishing the place, I've managed to grab a few pics as they go about the destruction

    Soon there will be no Industrial Heritage left in this country, move over for moar pop-up tower blocks and over-priced shyte living accommodation which will soon be the new addition here :rolleyes:

    Here's a few pics to capture my time on and around the thing before it ends up being weighed in...









    iphone tastic



    Into the abyss


    The inside was difficult to do a decent job without proper lighting and a shutter remote, sadly I was lacking any useful gear on this one, having only packed a headtorch, meh..





    I've been back during the day here and there since last year, here you can see No. 4 being ripped apart a few months back :(


    "fuck off"


    I'll throw some more pics up of the demo when it's done


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  2. wellingtonian

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    Great read Ojay.
    "After sacrificing both socks" :D
  3. Oxygen Thief

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    Made it into the property once, but never inside, more to do with wondering if I'd explode the place to kingdom come than anything else. Was just the usual menace of infrastructure security back then.
  4. The Lone Ranger

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    Looks a cracking place and great story too :thumb
  5. Kaplan

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  6. Lenston

    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    Great report that, really good read :thumb
  7. professor frink

    professor frink Reppin Bumbaclaat
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    Glad to see you got the internal money shot :thumb
    Work is progressing fast and looks like it won't be too long before this gets weighed in.
  8. Seffy

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    Top read that mate, properly LOL'd, and it brought back good memories of this one! If they were the same track workers there as when we did it, oblivious isn't even the word :D

    Shame it's on it's way out, but at least those who really wanted to do it seem to have done it now… Nicely done :thumb
  9. Gabe

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    This is the one place i swore i'd never return too, total bitch this place. Lovely writeup and pictures also, almost want a revisit...
  10. canute

    canute 货车司机和国王
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    Great story :cool Damn shame it's being ripped down
  11. The_Raw

    The_Raw 28DL Regular User
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    Want! Wicked report here, makes a mockery of my poxy gas holder report :(
  12. Nickindroy

    Nickindroy A Porky Prime Cut
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    Great write up, great pics. Enjoyed both. Ta, like. :thumb
  13. GAJ

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    Haha was wondering when this would surface :p The access was jokes this night as we had the dogs home security parked up watching us & then the cameras following us across the site. Clearly all dopey as hell on our visit & by the point we got to the steps it was too late to give a shite anyway. Proper comedy too with the poo drop & the 4gas debacle :D

    Top report mate from a fucking funny night out with a cracking exit haha :thumb
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  14. Morrisey

    Morrisey 28DL Regular User
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    I was enjoying the read until the ' dropping the kids off a the pool' bit!!:(
  15. Rik UE

    Rik UE 28DL Regular User
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    Love this, really want to do this, but not many people are keen, or mad enough :) Maybe one day!

    Nice photographs as well, not bad at all :)
    #15 Rik UE, Jun 14, 2014
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