The Old Kent Road site contains an iconic gasholder which is set to be turned into a feature of the four acre housing and industrial project.
Avanton’s alligator plan would see the reptiles housed within a series of deep waterfeatures within the gasholder alongside a visitors’ centre and educational facility.
Part of the 48.8 metre high gasholder frame would be shrouded with special shielded glass to create a conservatory and the warm conditions alligators need to thrive.
Other alternatives being explored for the gasholder frame are to transform it into a striking art-like architectural feature within the gardens and parkland of the new development.
Within the skeleton of the gasholder there are optional plans for a pavilion, water features and gardens, providing a central feature for the residential and commercial buildings within the new development.