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  1. I ran a search for these and can see that the site is pretty saturated with this location, but also everyone's photos are varied enough that I figured I'd add mine to the pile. Dropped by here recently with @The_Raw @Lenston @Maniac and @obscurity while en route to another location out West. The tunnels under what used to be the Longbridge Plant were used in part to produce engines for RAF aircraft during WW2 and continued to be used for automotive works afterwards. The first section we checked out were the 'Runway Tunnels'. A set of doors looking away from a workshop area. ..said workshop. Some of the contents. A brick lined section. One of the longer corridors A small room to one side was full of scraps of cable. Leaving this section, we were curious about the structures above, some of them were clearly not in use, some we were not so sure about. We headed up some heavily overgrown stairs and towards a building with a large chimney which usually means something interesting is inside. Covered by cameras but looking distinctively not in use, we found an open door around the back, all manner of alarms were going off inside unrelated to our entry, we chose not to stick around regardless, a set of 3 Gas fired boilers were in the main building along with all associated machinery. Back to some more of the tunnels on the other side of the ongoing above-ground development.. A ladder leading up to a ventilation inlet, the top was blocked by some compacted earth but would not be impossible to get in from top side. No entry. Generators, rectifiers and batteries. A slightly flooded entrance, for once I wasn't the one to get my feet wet. Besides the fact I'd seen lots of this place online, I actually really enjoyed this set of tunnels - many thanks @Lenston as ever.
  2. Dropped by recently with The_Raw, Mr Grant, DazzaBabes and Bohemian Lad. Haven't been on-site properly since last Christmas when 28dl user Sentinel took on the wharf with his forehead and lost, lots has changed with the new chimney being 90% done and the interior being heavily scaffed up, providing new access routes to places recently less accessible. This scaff is on B side to give an idea, it was possible to clamber over any part of it including the flat level on top which was somewhat unnerving. First of all we headed into Control Room A via a new route and took a few snaps with my new lenses. And then over to B, on the way I noticed a windowed balcony similar to how Control Room A looks out onto the turbine hall, I realised I'd actually managed to get onto the door on the other side of it once before but it was locked then and now that staircase was full of asbestos sheeting and equipment, so we didn't go that route. In the meantime we headed on over to B side switch room. Back on the turbine hall floor we realised there was access to some portals underneath the room I noticed earlier and scaff up to the side of it, found a large discarded statue in some of the rooms below but I didn't snap it (not sure if anyone else did(?)), headed up the scaff beside the room and luckily the whole wall had gone missing. Not much left in the room unfortunately. Flooring and wall tiles along with the windows points towards something being here once, I thought maybe crane controls for the turbine hall. Turns out this was actually the Control Room for B side. ... or something similar to that, I'm a little confused now. After this we headed over to the new chimney to see if there was a way to access what we hoped might be a staircase on the inside, after a lot of crawling about the base of the structure managed to find an entry point to the interior. No easy way up unfortunately from within but was still a novelty, the echo in here is amazing. Was good to go back to Battersea, didn't expect to see anything new so was a nice surprise. Cheers Rawski for inviting us over. EI
  3. France Mine S. (visited 03/2015)

    Awesome pics and fun exploring this place with you.
  4. Germany Zeche WH - March 2015

    Visited with The_Raw and Monkey, cheers Miaro and Andy for the location info. huge site, we were there for quite a few hours and didn't explore half the buildings due to time constraints, a coal mine dating back to 1902, we managed to get into the coking and refinery works. Security is stepped up quite a bit recently apparently and we saw and heard a fair few people on site. The last mining shaft was filled in by 1999, the colliery and with works were closed in 2008. Was told the site is due for demo very soon but other info I've found online talk about it being retained as a industrial monument. There were a set of circular tracks on one level with a ton of control panels to go with it, and a set of turbines up top of the tallest building on site, we really didn't expect to find it there after climbing all the way up through countless dark empty rooms. The tracks. Control panel in the turbine room. With a very comfy reclining chair. Conveyor belts, we used these to move between buildings with some ease. A lot more to see here potentially.
  5. Thanks a lot to Andy W for having us at his place over the weekend and to him and Miaro for showing us around. I've always wanted to check this place out and managed to find the location out awhile back, got to visit it as part of a little road trip with The_Raw and Monkey, along with our hosts Andy Winkler and Miaro Digital + friend. (is she on here?). The powerplant sits in an industrial site of sorts in a picturesque German valley, there's an old abandoned paper mill next door which I used to believe was the power station's reason for being, but now I'm assuming this was a stand alone power generation facility. Machinery was dating back to the 30's in places, and it's possibly older than that. There were two turbine halls with very distinct equipment located within each, along with a separate boiler house which I didn't photograph extensively but was quite fun to clamber around, the stairs in that building are probably going to collapse under someone soon.. The paper mill next door I didn't get a single picture of because we were mucking about trying to sneak into the live building next door, ended up exploring some completely unrelated tunnels round the corner. It's mostly cleared out, but if we hadn't been spoiled with so much industrial loveliness in the power plant it would probably have been more interesting. It has been covered elsewhere though. My pics are below, you can click on them for full res. The namesake control panel. This room was located just off from the older of the two turbine halls, full of old admin documents mostly, the roof is collapsed above here. The older of the two turbine halls. And the relatively newer one. A small laboratory. Industrial �$%& The chimney had been sawed off after only so high a climb unfortunately. The_Raw doing his selfie thing... it's not easy to show how precarious this was, we're several stories up and the platform he's on is only held in place by a loose firehose. ;/ I've not done it justice really.. well worth checking out if you're fond of old industry, loved exploring the place. Cheers for looking and thanks again Andy and Miaro.
  6. Germany Old slate mine (visited 02/2015)

    Some really nice close ups there. And Number 3 is a beaut. Falling upon these places by chance is brilliant, happened to me just a few times but a real adventure when it does.
  7. UK The Zig Zag building, London - Feb 2015

    This reads like you've been hanging around Sentinel too long.. but it's all true!
  8. Belgium - Forts, Turbines, Tunnels & Mines - Jan 2015

    Cheers all. Yeah I've wanted to see that turbine hall for awhile, real interesting one there.. Hi Andy - The mine is fantastic and the pics on your website were great, wish I had more lighting equip and time but all I had was a dull torch. ;( Was a nice little trek through the snow to get there and a lot of fun looking around. Cheers.
  9. Belgium - Forts, Turbines, Tunnels & Mines - Jan 2015

    Well... 30 image limit so I had to stop. Didn't want to make a big noise about it, will probs just post the others on my site, Uncle Sams and the Furnaces were awesome but think they've been covered enough.
  10. Dropped by 12 sites (and had a good look at a few more) over several days in a bit of a manic trip around Belgium on the weekend past with The_Raw, Wevsky, Obscurity and Monkey. Photography came secondary to actually looking around (!) so I've compressed the images into one post. Also just don't want to spam the board with 12 posts. Also lazy. Fort de Fl�malle Built between 1881 and 1884 as a group of 12 forts surrounding Liege, the fort has been attacked (successfully) during both World Wars. We didn't know what to expect from this place as had nothing but a set of coordinates. After getting past the front gate the site seemed to be semi-live, looks like an unsuccessful attempt to commercialise the site as a museum and airsoft range. Some modern signs pointing towards canteens and the like were rusted and falling off their hinges, rubbish from shooting related activities was all over the place and some barriers had been vandalised. The main door to the fort interior was locked tight and we very nearly missed a way inside, when we did move the obstacles out of the way and stepped into a long and narrow corridor I think we were all surprised by how much this place kept giving (or at least I was). In the end it went downwards 5 levels, and at the lowest of these there were cable tunnels that went on longer than I could really gauge, I'm thinking several hundred feet. There was also what seemed to be a prison at this lowest level and some defensive structures to allow defenders to shoot down the tunnel, at the end of the tunnels a shaft went directly to the surface and we could hear traffic above us which gave some indication to how far they must have travelled since it was pretty rural and quiet directly around the fort. Looking out through a locked gate. This is half way down the stupidly long cable tunnel, the path zig zags and a defensive position is put in place to fire down towards the exit. The shaft going directly upwards 5 levels at the end of the cable tunnel, ladder rungs have all rusted off. Directions and hallways. Exterior Pre-Metro / Unfinished Subway A poorly planned underground project similar to the one in Antwerp but never built out as much. Presently these tunnels seem to be used as storage for the cities' infrastructure and transport museum. There were some very old vehicles in there and others that were used in years previous. Some form of security system was active down there and we decided not to provoke it too much, further on I understand there to be the foundations for a station. Possibly the oldest carriage down there, sat next-door to a ticket booth. The wall was bricked up behind this and the tunnel u-turns before going deeper. Some really nice old adverts in there too. A warning of surveillance and sure enough, some loud beeping further down this tunnel. Moar tramz. Tons of boxes full of documents and smaller items, this was laid out before we got here, old wind up route signage I guess. University Campus This electrical engineering campus for a University closed in 1977 and students were moved to a more modern spacious site, I've read they're now working on refurbishing it although I'm not sure if it'll still be focussed on it's original subjects. A fire crew pulled up to the building next door alongside 4 fully keyed up people coming into the site during our visit, so I didn't get to see 50% of the place, really nice exteriors as well which are listed. Old Turbine Hall A really nice old turbine hall, built in 1912 to support the surrounding industrial complex which was mostly involved in car building and then railway infrastructure. Some of the turbines and compressors are still in place, no idea how packed the hall was once. Seems to be used rarely for events, the rooms round the back were in worse repair than the main hall, open to the elements in places. Lights switched on along with a lot of noise suddenly so we had to scarper shortly after we had enough daylight to photograph the place. ;/ Ruien Powerplant. Currently being pulled down by a demo team, turbines still mostly intact, the exterior is a bit of a mess and some connecting buildings are half gone. Some workers and forklifts driving through during our short visit, looked quite similar to other ElectraBel plants I've seen although probably the largest turbine hall. Slate Mine I can't recall it's real name :/. A mine with a lot of the tracks and carts still in place, was told it was slate although we only saw a small amount of it down there so probably mixed use. Some other �$%& Getting a bit too pic heavy now, actually have quite a few more worth sharing. But I'm at the limit, so a few (3) shots of other sites: Most of what's left at a power plant for the local steel manufacturing industry. Phone rays. Wevsky's lunch break. Spent some quality time at local steel works, blast furnaces etc, 1 mothballed power station and one in black start (everything ticking along), and some very old glassworks which were interesting (esp the live part ;-)). Thanks Rawski for all the work put into the organisation. And was great to meet Wevsky and Obscurity, fun and manic trip. Cheers for reading.
  11. Just digging through some older photos, am sitting on thousands at the moment I've not posted up! Quite sure this site has been covered when it was in much better condition already on these forums and quite a few buildings had been knocked down when we dropped in. Scared a few kids off on our entry. . None the less I took some nice grabs of the oldest building on-site which is being retained apparently.. Some of the others were in a very precarious state, especially the one that seems to have been a chapel at one point, floor was caving in below us. Visited with Rawski and Sentinel after having some fun trying to sneak into another spot, alas that was a no-go in the end. ;/ I've pulled some history from t'internet. Not my wording, but FYI. Apols for my laziness. "In 1846 the Chance family started evening classes in science and art at their glassworks in Spon Lane for the benefit of their workers. In 1852 an education institute was formed which existed for almost twenty years. By 1885 Most classes were being run in the envening at the higher grade school in Crocketts Lane. In 1910 a permanent Smethwick Technical School was opened next door. It served as a Junior Technical School for school-age pupils during the day and an adult further education school in the evenings. The school became Smethwick Municipal College in 1927 and was renamed Chance Technical College in 1945 and A block of engineering and building workshops was opened in 1950. Between 1952 and 1966 major extensions were built and they enabled the college to accommodate 3,500 students by 1966. In 1968 the college was merged with Oldbury College of Further Education to form Warley College of Technology, with the buildings in Crockett’s Lane (Chance Building) housing the main administrative centre of the new college and six of its eight departments At some point it merged again and became Sandwell College – Smethwick Finally closing in stages between 2011 and 2012 as the college moved to a new campus." The old Chance Building. Some admin documents. Remains of the piano, it was fawked. ;( Gordy was a character it seems. Editing/sound booth. Shame all the decks were ripped out by local kids it seems. Seen pics of this in a much more complete state. HND project presentation. The road facing buildings, apart from the modern extension further down, are all that remains. I'd say 60% is demo'd at this point.
  12. UK 1 Nine Elms Tower Crane - August 2014

    This tower closed alongside the rest of the site for redevelopment in May of this year. The entire place was gutted when I looked through the building unfortunately and they were/are in the process of bringing the tower down, level by level. Had my eye on it for awhile and was keeping tabs, The_Raw brought it to my attention again when some new access points became available, went up there with him and 2 non members early one morning. First crane I've been up top of. c: Only made it about half way out on this section. Cab absolutely stunk of sweat and aftershave, eyuk. A lot of fun for me. Thanks for looking.
  13. Yay Turbines. Loved running around this place.
  14. Visited with The_Raw, Lenston, MrDan and DuttyJigsew. Silverlands is a large country house in Chertsey, Surrey, I can't confirm the exact date of construction but it was in the years surrounding 1820, an estate has existed here under the name of 'Silverlond' since at least 1420 according to town records. First owned by Henry Hotham, a hero of the Napleonic wars in the early 19th Century, it's recent history is more controversial, after having served as an orphanage and a nurses training college for much of the latter 20th Century, in 2001 plans were made to relocate patients from Wolvercote Clinic for convicted paedophiles. With 23 schools located within 2.5 miles of the Silverlands estate, one primary school just 5 minutes down the road, this caused a local outrage, on Oct 26th of that year the first of many candlelight vigils were held outside Silverlands by protestors, these were repeated weekly between 17:00 and 19:00 for several months. During these events the buildings went under intense refurbishment and maintenance, the ultimate bill for this and the required security arrangements almost hit £5'000'000. In July of 2002 it was confirmed that Silverlands would not be utilised for the rehabilitation of paedophiles, however the building has been vacant for the most part ever since. The security arrangements in place today I imagine might remain from that time period, it is surrounded by a number of fences, the building itself has a fair amount of cameras, PIRs and loudspeakers located at strategic points. Having seen images of the building not so many years ago, the place is not looking it's best anymore, mostly damage from water leaks through the roof, many of the more ornate and beautiful rooms on the ground floor have collapsing ceilings and damaged floors, electricity still works throughout the building however. Was a nice chilled out visit overall. Photos: I'm not sure where this would have once hung but it's seen better days like most of this place. The central courtyard. Some of the more ornate rooms which make up the ground floors. They're really starting to fall apart. A live feed of the numerous external video cameras, the buzz coming from the substantial comms cabinet to the left doesn't leave me with much doubt it's being beamed elsewhere. Hundreds of keys in here. The main hall. A newspaper upstairs dates back to the last year of permanent occupancy. Pulled from my blog page @ www.unexposed.photography, have linked back to Oblivion State . Cheers for reading.
  15. Belgium IM Cooling Tower - Belgium - September 2014

    This place was awesome. Great pics, didn't really capture any of the details of the workings of the structure myself... oops . Loved that big funnel.
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