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Outdated local landmark - the Bishop Auckland gas holder - had to be

demolished but its memory has been preserved for future generations, thanks

to Northern Gas Networks.

Preserving the history of a

unique community landmark


The Bishop Auckland Holder

Station Demolition project to

demolish an outdated gas holder

on a working Northern Gas

Networks site in County Durham

has been highly praised by the


The Bishop Auckland Holder Station

Demolition project by Northern

Gas Networks was commended

for its exceptional safety measures

and received excellent scores in

all other sections of the Scheme’s

Code of Considerate Practice.

In caring for the community,

the site team helped produce

a documentary focusing on

gas holders in the area – local

landmarks which had formed part

of the everyday landscape.

Project Supervisor Peter Derbyshire

said: “The Bishop Auckland gas

holder was built in 1951 and

although it no longer served a

purpose, it had become a local

landmark over the years.

“We felt it was important to keep

the community’s memories of the

holder alive. We produced a video

documentary to help preserve the

legacy of gas holders in our area.

“This included interviews with local

residents and historians sharing

their memories of the gas holders in

Bishop Auckland and St Anthony’s in


Commenting on how the project

team had incorporated the Scheme’s

Code into its working practices,

Peter said: “We are passionate

about delivering the best possible

experience for our customers and


“This starts with clean, tidy and safe

work sites. We have taken a number

of steps to ensure all requirements of

the Scheme have been incorporated

into our everyday practices.


June 2015

Issue 37

Photo: Northern Echo/Charles Lilley/British Gas archives