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  1. If you have recently joined the forum.... Welcome! It's always nice for new member to say hello. We don't need an autobiography, just a hi and where you're from will be enough. Please take a look at the guides in out technical help section before posting your first report http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/information/technical-help/ You can upload your images directly to the forum too! Just drag your files in, or click the "choose files" link below the edit box. Thanks for joining!
  2. Fantastic find! Some good stuff coming from you guys recently
  3. Some serious pipe porn there! Looks an amazing place to look around
  4. You can upload images directly to the forum now, which you will probably find easier. Just drag the images in, or click "choose files" below the edit box
  5. The Jordanhill Campus is an historic estate within the boundaries of Jordanhill in Glasgow, Scotland. The buildings have stood empty since 2012, until which time it served as the Faculty of Education of the University of Strathclyde. Sometimes you just can't understand why no one else has posted a report. This is one of those places! Initially @The Amateur Wanderer and I had a look around the place during our Christmas trip to Scotland, and then I returned a short while later with @SpiderMonkey. We only looked around one building, the David Stow Building which is the main attraction, the original and oldest part of the site. There is also a huge 1960s concrete extension behind, but the sooner that gets pulled down the better - we didn't bother with it! History The buildings date back to 1837 when former merchant and educational pioneer David Stow opened the Dundas Vale Normal Seminary, Europe’s first purpose-built training institution for teachers. Some remnants of the old seminary still remain today – rooms with rows of sinks which were more recently used as storage, and wooden lockers can still be found. In 1913 the Glasgow Corporation agreed a deal to buy the estate, and build both a teacher training college and the associated Jordanhill School on the site. A new building was planned to provide teacher training. With the new school completed in 1920 and the college in 1921, the now Grade B listed David Stow Building facilitated all teacher training provided under the unified University of Glasgow. Centrally funded and with no ties with churches, the college was largely non-residential and its range of work was wider. A shortage of teachers throughout Britain in the late 1950s lead to large scale expansion at Jordanhill. Construction of a new purpose-built facility commenced in 1961, replacing a much older manor house on the site. In 1993, the college was required to merge with a higher education facility. The University of Strathclyde approached the college, and an agreement between both institutions was reached. In 1993 Jordanhill College became the Faculty of Education of the University of Strathclyde. With better use of facilities, and an ageing campus at Jordanhill which was highly protected by preservation orders, in 2010 the decision was made to close Jordanhill campus and move the Faculty all courses to its John Anderson Campus. 2011-12 was the last academic year held at the Jordanhill Campus before the move took place. David Stow Building - Entrance Hall Francis Tombs Hall Staircases and Corridors Teaching rooms and facilities Other areas Hidden Relics There were a few areas around the building that hadn’t been refurbished and contained relics from older uses...
  6. Sorted your pictures. There are a few of yours left to do, but they will all get copied over and fixed eventually!
  7. Female clunge! Silly sign selfie
  8. The Station Hotel is a grand Victorian building situated in the heart of Ayr town centre. The hotel consists of 71 bedrooms, complete with en-suite bathrooms, plus a host of suits for functions and a cocktail lounge. The hotel, which is attached to Ayr railway station, was originally opened by the Glasgow and South Western Railway in June 1866 and become part of the British Transport Hotels (BTH) at Nationalisation. It was sold by BTH in October 1951 and has changed ownership a number of times, having been owned by Stakis Hotels, Quality, and Swallow Hotels. The Station Hotel is currently the oldest and most famous hotel in Ayr. The hotel has retained almost all of its original features inside and out. The hotel started to turn away customers in 2014 and closed around 2015. After suffering neglect for some time beforehand, the building is now deteriorating; the railway station have had to take action to safeguard their customers from falling debris. Visited with @SpiderMonkey The car park is fenced off due to parts of the exterior falling off Entrance and staircase Reception Lift and staircase on the first floor Into the cocktail lounge.... The corridor leading to the next parts was suffering decay due to leaks in the roof The Arran Suite... Restaurant... The restaurant's kitchen Other public spaces around the hotel... The Kyle Suite bar area The Carrick Room The Kintyre Suite And finally, the hotel rooms... View of the decaying rear facade overlooking the railway station
  9. Great photos there, and nice work climbing the chimney - the view from up there is spectacular!
  10. That's pretty impressive... you can't beat sneaking into a prison!
  11. Can't beat a bit of warm sunshine, but a look inside would be cool
  12. Yep, that's pretty impressive. Liking the projectors a lot.
  13. Very interesting. How nice to see all these in one place
  14. This place is epic! That machine hall with all the lathes in a row is just amazing. Lovely photography too.
  15. Nice to see you posting this on here. I'm quite a fan of those English Electrics
  16. It's amazing all that glassware is just left like that. Nice find.
  17. Loving those characters outside!
  18. This place is amazing! Such lovely old machinery, and captured very well.
  19. Giving out access details to any site on a public forum isn't the done thing, as it leads to places getting sealed up and points vandals/thieves in the right direction. Post up a few reports so people can see you're a legitimate explorer and then people may be more inclined to help you out via PM.
  20. Formed in 1864 when Samuel Russell moved to Leicester from Loughborough, the brass and iron foundry based its head office, engineering and foundry operations on Bath Lane in Leicester.The company later became S. Russell & Sons when his two sons joined the firm in 1881. As the company expanded, 1920 saw the opening of a further works in Bonchurch Street in the Woodgate area of Leicester. The Bonchurch Street foundry produced medium-sized castings, weighing 30-100kg primarily for the hydraulics and rail industries. The Bonchurch Street foundry was taken over by Chamberlin & Hill Castings in 2004 and S. Russell & Sons were dissolved the following year. By 2016 demand for the products produced at the foundry had dwindled, and management announced it would be closing by the end of that year. Furnaces Starting where the raw materials and scrap metal arrive, the furnaces would melt it all down ready to be poured into moulds The three electric furnaces Looking across the furnaces with incoming scrap area to the right The tiniest control room I've ever seen This rather nice control panel was set to one side of the furnaces Inductotherm control panel Casting and moulding This is where the molten metal is cast in moulds Floor mould for larger castings Hand mould shop Hand mould shop Handling and Blast Cleaning The next stage of the process is to cool and open up the moulds and then clean up the castings Moving through to the handling area Sand and dust processing Hunter HV Turntable Hunter HV mould handling machine Hunter HV mould handling machine Continuous Tumblast cleaning machine Beside the CT3 View towards offices Roller conveyors Roller conveyors with boxes for moving castings Roller conveyors with boxes for moving castings A large area was dedicated to shotblasting Shotblasting machine Core Shop The core shop is where cores are machined. The cores create voids or spaces inside the castings, and are often destroyed in order to remove them when opening the moulds. Eurocor machines in the core shop Eurocor Corjob-H16 Inside the core machine Machining area Area for manual machining of cores Racking with a few cores Shelves of cores Core store room Finishing and Dispatch The building housing the heat treatment, finishing and dispatch facilities was a later addition, one of the last buildings to be built on the site. Heat treatment area Kiln for heat treatment Finishing workstation The finished product, although these castings were rejects Workshops As well as the production areas, there were a number of workshops to support the main functions of the factory The main workshop was crammed full with machines Main workshop Main workshop 1922-45 regulations still on display Items in office Old office with various items Bathhouse and Office Block The bathhouse was quite an old building, with a few features remaining. Unfortunately nice skylights and features in the offices had been covered by suspended ceilings. Bathhouse showers Locker room Small lab Externals Main buildings Repton Street elevation Ghost sign revealing the buildings origins as S. Russell & Sons Ltd, Ironfounders