Granton Gasholder

Fact Sheet

Our Services

“We’re very thankful to the 21CC team for delivering such a special and exciting project.” – City of Edinburgh Council

The Brief

To transform the iconic gasholder tower, an important fixture of Edinburgh’s waterfront for more than a century, into one of Scotland’s biggest works of art while giving Edinburgh College students the chance to work on a live, creative project.

What we did

Professional technical expertise, practical tuition/instruction plus significant infrastructure and cutting-edge lighting equipment including:  security with 18-point laser alarm system; multiple CCTV points; foundations for lighting; ground contamination testing; safety adjustments; fortnightly operation and maintenance check. Hands-on experience to complement students’ studies was a crucial component of this complex two-year project.

The Results

A high-end, contemporary and technologically-advanced installation that enhances the waterfront, signalled the start of a multi-billion-pound regeneration of Granton and provided a springboard for students. The college builds courses around the installation, enabling students to create, programme and experience the tangible results of their designs – a beacon of light turning theory into reality for engineers of the future.

The Verdict

“The Council illuminated the gas holder in Granton as part of a suite of early action projects being progressed in advance of the planned wider regeneration of the area. This project was carried out in partnership with Edinburgh College, allowing their creative media students the opportunity to put their theoretical learning into real world practice. 21CC were appointed by Edinburgh College to illuminate the gas holder structure for a period of up to two years.

In partnership with the College, the Council has worked as part of a project team with 21CC over the last 12 months to deliver the illumination. 21CC have been an absolute pleasure to work with. Their team are very dedicated and professional. In particular, 21CC have ensured that the project delivery timescales have stayed on track, often working above and beyond to ensure that any deviation from the plan is managed and minimised. They put a lot of effort into ensuring that the illumination opening night in May 2021 was a special and memorable event. We’re very thankful to the 21CC team for delivering such a special and exciting project.”

City of Edinburgh Council

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