Warwick’s historic gas works reopens as flats

Warwick gas works

Warwick gas works

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Warwick’s historic gas works has been transformed into flats in a historic conversion more than 10 years after the building fell into disrepair.

The historic Saltisford Gas Works lay derelict for over 10 years before planning permission was granted for the building to be redeveloped as a block of 22 affordable homes in 2013.

Anthony Riley from Waterloo Housing Group, Deputy mayor Christine Cross and Warwick Society president, Antony Butcher. Picture by Andrew Carpenter

Anthony Riley from Waterloo Housing Group, Deputy mayor Christine Cross and Warwick Society president, Antony Butcher. Picture by Andrew Carpenter

The work is now complete and the former gas works and fire station in Albert Street was opened by councillors.

The Grade II listed site was built in 1822 as one of the world’s first gas works and has been named as one of the best preserved examples of its type in the world.

The £3.8million residential development by Waterloo Housing Group includes 22 flats, 13 of which will remain for rent only. The build has also retained historic features in what has been praised by The Warwick Society.

President of the Warwick Society, Antony Butcher and Warwick’s deputy mayor, Cllr Christine Cross welcomed the opening this month.

Speaking about the importance of the site, Mr Butcher said: “The Warwick Society was founded 65 years ago to try and stop the needless tearing down of fine buildings that could be restored and converted to modern needs.

“We are delighted to welcome this impressive new addition which has improved one of the main entrances to the lovely town of Warwick.”

The build was completed in partnership with Warwick District Council to make use of the empty space which was used as offices once the gas works shut down.

The affordable homes are at the back of the site in the former fire station.

The gas works was built in 1822 next to the Saltisford Canal Basin. Coal was transported to the works along the canal.

Inside the building the coal was used to make gas for use across the town and later in Leamington.

In 1823 the Warwick Gas Company erected 18 lamps along Union Parade, with power supplied from the Saltisford works by a three mile main along Myton and Old Warwick roads.

Anthony Riley from Waterloo Housing Group said: “This site has a rich and important history both in Warwick and nationally and the residents here are now a part of a new history.”