Here are new and dramatic pictures of the regeneration of St Peter’s Waterside development in Northampton.
The aerial pictures show the work which has been taking place as National Grid has begun the demolition of its gasholder on St Peter’s Waterside.
The site, formally used as gasworks, is divided by Towcester Road.
Once demolished, the northern gasholder site, which is closest to the St Peters Way roundabout, will be regenerated to form part of St Peter’s Waterside – a major new office scheme.
National Grid is also preparing the southern area of the site for regeneration. This includes the demolition of a former depot building, and removing a second gasholder began before Christmas.
The dismantling of the two gasholders will be complete by late spring next year.
A programme of environmental improvement works on the southern area of the site is also likely to be carried out next summer.
National Grid has submitted a planning application to Northampton Borough Council for outline planning permission to use the southern area of the site for retail development.
If permission is granted, National Grid will look for a partner which will develop detailed plans of how the site may one day be used.
The former gasworks served Northampton until the 1960s, burning coal to create town gas.
The discovery of cleaner North Sea natural gas meant that manufacturing at the site was no longer needed. It was subsequently used for natural gas storage until last year.