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Winning photographs of Norwich skyline revealed, as months of work to dismantle gas holders nears

PUBLISHED: 17:17 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:28 20 June 2018

The Norwich Skyline Photography Competition - Best overall photo and best in gasholder category: Rachel Buck.

The Norwich Skyline Photography Competition - Best overall photo and best in gasholder category: Rachel Buck.

Rachel Buck

There are just weeks until work begins to dismantle Norwich’s final Victorian gasholder - and city photographers have been capturing their final images of the structure.

The Norwich Skyline Photography Competition - Best in Norwich skyline category: Dominic StaffordThe Norwich Skyline Photography Competition - Best in Norwich skyline category: Dominic Stafford

The huge, 16-sided gas holder, off Gas Hill, which dates back to the 1890s and an underground one nearby are to be dismantled by the National Grid, with work starting next month.

They have not been used to store gas since 2009 and National Grid bosses say removing them will allow the land to be used for other purposes.

But as part of National Grid’s heritage recording, they launched the Norwich Skyline Photography Competition, with amateur photographers invited to take pictures of the city’s skyline, with or without the gas holders.

The winners were announced at an event in St Matthew’s Church in Thorpe Hamlet today, where people were also able to find out more about how the months of work will affect them.

The Norwich Skyline Photography Competition - Best Young Photographer winner - Josh Young. Pic: Josh Young.The Norwich Skyline Photography Competition - Best Young Photographer winner - Josh Young. Pic: Josh Young.

The winners were: Rachel Buck, best overall photo and best in gasholder category; Dominic Stafford, best in Norwich skyline category and Josh Young, 14, best young photographer category.

Each winner got a £150 voucher for London Camera Exchange in Timberhill, with an extra £100 for the best overall photograph got an extra £100.

Matthew Worman, from National Grid, who was one of the judges in the competition, said: “The quality was absolutely amazing. We spent a lot of time on all the categories, but particularly on the young photographer category.

“I think it shows what a passion people have for their city. People really thought about the photographs they wanted to take.”

People at the event were also able to find out more about the work which will be needed to dismantle the gas holders, which will be done by contractor Syd Bishop.

The initial dismantling work will last for six months and will be done between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

After that, checks will need to be made for contamination, which could mean further work is necessary.

Letters have been sent to 600 people living nearby to outline what will need to be done.

National Grid acknowledges that neighbours could be affected by the noise during the work and by the movement of vehicles going to and from the site.

But they stress there will be monitoring of the site and that the contractor is signed up to the Considerate Contractors Scheme.

The site is earmarked as a potential location for housing.



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