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KDCs demolition contract for St. Anthony’s Gas Holder, Newcastle draws to a successful close.

KDC was selected as main contractor, by Northern Gas Networks, to dismantle St. Anthony’s Gas Holder in Walker, Newcastle. The project, which commenced in March this year, was to demolish the Gas Holder, along with the existing disused pipeline and associated buildings. As part of the deconstruction work, a number of environmental initiatives were considered including the treatment and solidifying of the oily sludge that had settled on the bottom of the gasholder tank. All steel and wrought iron from the gasholder was recycled. Spoil which was dug up from another Northern Gas Networks project; also taking place in the area at the time of works; was re-used to backfill the site. This helped to reduce the carbon footprint on the project, by reducing trips to landfill sites and the need to import expensive stone from local quarries.

The structure, built in 1902, has been the backdrop for Walker’s residential area for over 100 years, providing vital gas supplies for home owners. The steel construction stood at 135ft tall and had the potential to store up to 5.4 million cubic feet of gas.

Due to technological advancement in the gas network St. Anthony’s has become outdated, NGN’s Programme Manager Tim Harwood was quoted saying : “The decision was made to dismantle St Anthony’s gas holder as it no longer serves a purpose in maintaining gas supplies to the local area”.

“The ongoing costs of keeping the gas holder in good repair had become economically unviable”.

The work reflects KDC’s safe and environmentally friendly approach to all projects, with the use of cold cutting equipment for the majority of the work. 

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