Throwback Thursday: In 1993 the now demolished gasometer in Hambridge Road, Newbury, was given a makeover
Considered an eyesore by many, the gasometer in Newbury was scheduled to be painted brown in 1993 to 'make it more attractive'.
The gas holder on Hambridge Road is no more, but for more than 70 years it was a blot on the Newbury landscape.
Owned and operated by British Gas, the company decided in 1993 to 'improve' the look of the tower at a cost of £50,000 – just over £100,000 in today's money.
The gasometer was installed in 1946 and for many rivalled in ugliness only by the telephone exchange building in Bear Lane.
The £50,000 facelift would mean the gas holder would be painted in four shades of brown, from light at the top to dark brown on the tank structure, to improve its austere and traditional grey.
Speaking at the time, British Gas Southern spokesman Charles Walker said: "The change in colour is being made because brown will disguise the normal oil staining that occurs and the holder will as a consequence look better for longer."
The project was expected to take four months and involved cleaning the surface with high pressure water jets. During the work, the holder would be lowered so the upper sections could be reached and a10 foot screen was to be erected around the site.
The work was scheduled for the summer, when there was less demand for gas, in order to enable the holder to be lowered.
The tower is no more and as these more up-to-date pictures show a self-storage company will soon be occupying the site.