Major change for Lancashire site as gas-holders are demolished

NEW LANDSCAPE: The scene after the gas-holders were dismantled
NEW LANDSCAPE: The scene after the gas-holders were dismantled
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The landscape in Lostock Hall, near Preston, has changed after two huge gasholders were dismantled.

The gasholders in Handshaw Drive were removed as part of an on-going nationwide programme to regenerate disused sites for future use.

How it used to look

How it used to look

They hadn’t been used since 2010 and were removed so the site could be regenerated for future use.

Only the gasholders were removed, the existing gasworks has been unaffected.

Currently there are no plans for the future use of the site.

However, there are plans for up to 350 new homes and a small number of local shops on the National Grid land adjacent to the site.

Land regeneration manager Katherine Scargill said: “We’ve now finished dismantling the two gasholders on Handshaw Drive and are pleased to say that the site can now be put to better use for the local community.

“We’re grateful that residents have been patient with us while we carried out this work and would like to extend our thanks for bearing with us over the past few months.”

While the work was being undertaken, a Mad Science lesson on energy was organised for pupils at the nearby Moor Hey School at Lostock Hall.

The lesson saw pupils become scientists for the day.

Members of the community who have questions or would like to leave their feedback on the project can call 0808 168 7590 or email