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  1. UK Willy Wonkas Chocolate Factory

    Couldnt make my mind up which section to put this in so I settled on here, its a factory but only really shot for the stairs. Fun day out with fellow explorers Project Mayhem, AndyK and Matt Kriegaffenine Hampshire Not much to say, good fun morning no complications, like it should be I make no apologies for the number of stair shots cheers The Baron
  2. This abandoned factory was on our way. It was left for another location a couple of years ago. Sad enough, most of the machinery has gone as well. Nonetheless it’s a big building in which we wandered for more than an hour. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.
  3. Germany The textile factory B. -2014

    1. TextileFactoryB01 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 2. TextileFactoryB02 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 3. TextileFactoryB03 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 4. TextileFactoryB04 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 5. TextileFactoryB05 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 6. TextileFactoryB06 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 7. TextileFactoryB07 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 8. TextileFactoryB08 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 9. TextileFactoryB09 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 10. TextileFactoryB10 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 11. TextileFactoryB11 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 12. TextileFactoryB12 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 13. TextileFactoryB13 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr
  4. Russia Lorries' factory, June 2011

    Hi! Decided to post old photos of our factory. Unknown what's here now, maybe all that doesn't exist. It was a factory for making lorries and details for them. After the collapse of the USSR the factory felt into decay as many other ones. Some shops are still working but many are conserved in hope of better life. Offices. In the workshop. And some more photos from another day and another workshop. Sorry for so many photos and no text. Wish you good locations!
  5. So a couple of weeks ago i started expressing an interest in urban exploring. Before i know it a week later I’m on my way to this place at silly O’clock in the morning with a friend of mine (upright_ninja) that decided to take me under his wing and show me what it was all about. So we parked out of the way and wandered over to the sight, and to my surprise a nice gap left in the fence. we both managed to get through this fine, however only one of us managed to get out as easy as we got in! sadly no photos of the other one trying to get out, as i was too busy bent double with laughter. I had a great morning wandering around and playing with the camera, with some valuable guidance along the way, hopefully getting some nice shots. I think i may be hooked now!! History THE Richard Klinger factory in Sidcup was built in 1937 to manufacture engineering parts. It was later awarded Grade II listed building status before the Klinger company, founded in Austria in 1893, sold out to the French firm Trouvey Cauvin. In doing so it made 40 of its 47 workforce redundant before eventually closing down completely. Since 2000 Tesco and Ikea have both pulled out of plans to build on the site which remains derelict. Here are a few pics, all comments welcome. Be nice this was my first outing and my first report. Hope it works.
  6. I saw a report about this place recently and decided to put it on the list. Then a friend of mine expressed an interest in urban exploring and I thought what better way to help him start his journey, than to head over here. We parked a bit out of the way (early doors I hasten to add) and scouted for a way in. This was easy enough without any effort at all... even this middle aged loser managed to squeeze through the gap left behind by previous explorers! The way out, however, was a different story...! Now, squeezing over 18 stone of bulk through a gap in a fence was challenging to say the least... gone are the days of cat-like prowess where I could negotiate a gap without touching the sides, so I was preparing myself for a bit of a workout but, on this occasion I surprised myself and I was inside. Unbeknownst to me, these fences are chamfered on the way in... on the way out however, I now have a rather apt name for these devices... "The Fat-Guy Trap"... there is no chamfer on the return journey much to my dismay, and I felt like an overweight vole trying to escape the clutches of a bottle, carelessly left by a picnicker! Eventually I broke free... minus my dignity but nonetheless, a huge source of entertainment for my new urbex buddy (member: greenthum). It was a great morning. Plenty to see and some great photogenic stuff. We also bumped into two more explorers, bamboo backbone and her friend... and I'm just glad they weren't around to witness me attempting to squeeze my size 18 arse through a size 6 gap! Now for some history: Completed in 1937 to the designs of Wallis Gilbert and partners for Richard Klinger Ltd, founded in Austria in 1893, manufacturers of gaskets for engines and hydraulic pipelines and also water level gauges, valves and cocks. Klinger Co. have had some great global success which began in the mid 1880's when the founder, Richard Klinger, was a spritely 25 years old. They were responsible for a number of engineering breakthroughs for inventing equipment and in 1891 Richard patented 'Privilegium' reflex level gauges. I assume that this was a pioneering move back then and lead the way to advances in engineering. The building has been derelict for many years now and a planning application for an IKEA store has been withdrawn so it currently sits in limbo with palisade fencing around the perimeter. The majority of the building is in a serious state of decay and hasn't been helped by 2 fires from earlier in the year. Here are a few of the pics from our trip... I might even throw a few colour ones in, much against my protestations. The place is pretty trashed and plastered in graff (some of it worth capturing, but some of it's just a mess). Still, a very interesting place to visit and we spent an entire morning there. Thanks for looking... keep safe y'all...! u>.<n
  7. The Snow Factory – visited on two occasions with Hitgirl, Miss Lightyear, Shush, Therealindianajones & Wayne. Ka-chunk… Ka-chunk… go the machines of snow… thanks for looking! higher res images available at www.zerourbex.co.uk/2014/04/the-snow-factory
  8. Back from the latest mini road trip with Lost aka Hector Scorn. We set off for a easy leisurely drive down the road with a quick stop in past a old asylum that is well under way to being demo'd, quite sad really but always good to see it one last time, pics of that will follow sometime. Off we set again to reach our destination and find a nearby spot to get some sleep for the night before hitting this derpy derp that has eluded me 3 times in the past. Parking up in a quiet car park I decided to camp it outside and went off to set up the tent, it was a bit windy, but wasn't too cold out. Getting into the tent, the wind picked up, I should've pitched my tent elsewhere, it was getting battered everywhere! The next problem was it turned out the car park we were in was a dogging car park, so whilst I was hidden away in a tent, Lost was being entertained by several cars throughout the night obvisously wanting a bit of promiscuous fun ahahahah! Early morning was soon around and after maybe only 2 hours total sleep we were packed up and off in search of my nemsis. Previous visits we had been caught by Secca, couldn't find a way in and found a fire engine there the last time. Not to be detered we made our way down a different route to the site, no Secca to be seen or heard, just the geese making lots of noise! After a good 40 minutes of searching we made eventually found a route in and with some difficutly navigated it. We were in, inside the derp that has been on my list for so long, but never been able to get done. Today would be different. Time was up, but I could've wandered around here for so much longer, this has to be one of the most under rated sites going about. Fantastic machinery left, not a lot of pikeyness going on and hardly any graffiti. To say I was impressed would be a huge understatement, this was everything I had dreamed it would be and sooo much more. Thanks for looking!
  9. Thought I'd share with you my photos using something other than DSLR or HDR or Hideously Processed Pics. Taken on a Praktica Super TL1000 that I bought for £3 out of a box of junk and using a roll of film from the pound shop. Just after I had finished this explore I went to Boots and had them developed on their 1 hour deal This is my first attempt at 35mm and although not the best pics I do feel they show it well. p.s they also appear to look overexposed thanks to my scanner Not much history on this place but this is an old timber/door/window manufacturing site that was used by Jeld Wen Ltd and formerly Boulton & Paul Ltd. Closed in 2010 and now a small part of the site is used by AKD Engineering Ltd. On with the pics Taken In Pitch Black Sneaky Pic of Secca That's All Folks Hope You Enjoyed
  10. On a sunny Saturday morning I met my two partners in crime (non-forum members) in Glasgow and set off on what was a "secret explore" they had planned for me. After a not that long drive I saw in the distance our destination that was kept until then hidden from me. But the sight was unmistakable and I immediately got excited. The place we were gonna explore was ICI Nobel Ardeer. For a brief history lesson, as always taken from wikipedia, here are some info: Nobel Enterprises is a chemicals business based at Ardeer, near to the North Ayrshire town of Stevenston in Scotland. It specialises in nitrogen-based propellants and explosives and nitrocellulose-based products such as varnishes and inks. It was formerly ICI Nobel, a division of the chemicals group ICI, but is now owned by Inabata & Co., Ltd., a Japanese trading firm. Nobel Industries Limited was founded in 1870 by Swedish chemist and industrialist Alfred Nobel for the production of the new explosive dynamite. Ardeer, on the coast at Ayrshire, was chosen for the company's first factory. The business later diversified into the production of blasting gelatine, gelignite, ballistite, guncotton, and cordite. At its peak, the factory was employing nearly 13,000 men and women. In 1926, the firm merged with Brunner, Mond & Company, the United Alkali Company, and the British Dyestuffs Corporation, creating a new group, Imperial Chemical Industries, then one of Britain's largest firms. Nobel Industries continued as the ICI Nobel division of the company. ICI Ardeer was commonly known locally as the 'factory' or the 'Dinnamite'. At the time the company generally provided higher quality employment regarding terms and conditions and pension rights than other local firms. The Ardeer site was almost like a community, and there were so many people employed there that a bank, travel agent and dentist were at one time based on the site. The former Western Scottish Bus Company provided tens of buses per day to transport the workers to and from the site, and until the mid-1960s there were even two trains per day to transport workers to a station within the factory. In the late 1960s construction began on a nylon and nitric acid plant, but this had a short life, closing down just 12 years later. In 2002 the division, now named Nobel Enterprises, was sold to Inabata. On 8 September 2007 a major fire was reported at the site when 1,500-1,700 tons of nitrocellulose, stored in an open area, caught fire. There was little property damage and no serious injuries. For more click here There are interesting details about the place in the "Secret Scotland" website too (here). What is great about I.N.A. is also what makes it a pain. Location. In the middle of this peninsula, at the bottom of sand dunes that make you feel you are in Tatooine, the power station lies in a surreal environment and the views from the rooftop are unique. However, getting to the power station is a b***, as you can easily get lost. My two buddies had been there twice before and once they spent more than an hour trying to locate it. As there are no signs obviously and since the entire complex is next to live sites, the section of the power station that one can explore is about 20'-30' walk from the place where we parked, which I assume is the most logical place to park anyway. On a sunny dry day the trek is at least manageable, despite having to work your way around a very annoying bog, so unless you have wellies or waders on, you will have to do a lot of zig-zaging. There are several ways around it as we found on our way back, but especially for a virgin visitor this thing can easily become a nightmare. However, on the way to the power station there are various interesting bits and pieces, in a ruinous state but at least they give you a nice understanding of how vast the site used to be, with huge complexes for storing the material, blast walls, almost hidden under the earth rail tracks and more. Reaching now the top of a relatively steep hill along a fence you can finally gaze at the power station and the entire live site that lays behind it. It also gives you a clear line of sight to watch for the patrols of the security. Once we were sure the road was clear we ran down the sand dune (which is quite fun) and through the open space we reached the station praying we got there unnoticed in such a bright day. It turned out we did and we walked inside. The entire station is quite trashed as the metal thieves and vandals have done their usual "duty", but it still remains a wonderful industrial sight, so if you fancy that sort of thing, you will not be disappointed. Pipes, cables, dials, gauges... We spent a couple of hours in there and seeing that my 2 friends were really enjoying themselves despite this being their 3rd visit, one can understand that I.N.A. never gets boring. After spending enough time on the ground floor, roaming through some back offices where you still find paperwork and logs, I made it up to the roof, through a pigeon-infested area which gave me some great views of the area. Leaving we made a short stop to one of the huge warehouse-like structures with long corridors and stashes of wires that obviously were never retrieved after being ripped off their original location. I.N.A. is definitely worth plenty of visits for the individual who wishes to really see everything there is to see. =====PHOTOS======= At the quarry on your way to the station. Long way to go. Pipes galore. View from above. Pigeon hall. Ripped apart. Stairs. Turn them all. These readings ain't right. Safety. You know it makes sense. More pipe porn. Lovely details all over. And a chair of course. Roof access permit. I forgot to get one on my way up but nobody asked me for one. The boilers. Just beautiful despite its decayed/trashed state. Stairs leading down to offices. One last look. On our way back up the sand dune. Rows and rows of warehouse structures. Inside one of the warehouses. =====THE END===== Thank you for reading!
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  12. After hearing about this place from a friend I decided to take a look around. Not sure what company owned the place previous to it being left derelict, but anyway quite a nice explore on monday morning. Asbestos signs were dotted around the place..
  13. 1. LokschuppenWest01 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 2. LokschuppenWest02 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 3. LokschuppenWest03 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 4. LokschuppenWest04 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 5. LokschuppenWest05 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 6. LokschuppenWest06 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 7. LokschuppenWest07 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr 8. LokschuppenWest08 von MiaroDigital auf Flickr
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  15. Germany Metal factory - west - 2014

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  17. The Chocolate Factory Industrial Elegance History It may seem like a set from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but this impressive Chocolate Works in York is really real! Built 1924 to 1930 after Frank and Noel Terry joined the family business, the factory produced chocolate and all sorts of confectionery until its closure in 2005. The buildings are fronted with an attractive Art Deco style and included a large clock tower brandishing the company’s name on each clock face. The group of buildings on the site include a 500ft five storey factory block, the clock tower, administration block, time office and a liquor factory, all built in a matching style reflecting the strength and importance of Terry’s corporate image. The buildings are of strong historic significance as they represent the most complete surviving expression of the importance of chocolate production in York. This importance has earned the buildings grade II listed status. 1. That Staircase! The Terry’s Chocolate business itself has a longer past than the buildings. The original company was formed in 1767 by Messrs Bayldon and Berry, and only taking on the name of Terry’s when Joseph Terry joined in 1823, and finally became Terry’s of York in 1828. Joseph Terry was a chemist and put his skills to use developing new lines and perfecting the company’s chocolate and other products. By utilising the new North Eastern Rail Network the company was able to distribute its new products far and wide, while the River Humber provided a means for shipments of sugar and cocoa to be delivered. Frank and Noel Terry joined the business in 1923, revamping it and launching additional product lines to be produced at their new factory, known as Terry’s Confectionery Works. United Biscuits acquired Terry’s in 1975 but financial issues in the early 1990s saw Kraft Foods purchase the confectionery division. In 2004 Kraft foods transferred production to other factories in Europe and closed the York site with the loss of 300 jobs. 2. Terry’s Chocolate Works and Clock Tower Our Visit The Willy Wonka feel to this place and the epic Titanic-like staircase had placed this one right at the top of my list. It’s almost always sealed up tight so I didn’t expect I’d ever get a chance to see it, but while in the area with Proj3ctM4yh3m, PeterC4, Carl H and Philberto, we thought it might be worth stopping off to check. We got lucky! It may have taken a bit of effort and resulted in a trip to A&E but I managed to get in! Worth the effort I’d say! 3. Driveway 4. Admin Building 5. The Staircase 6. Under the Dome 7. Doorway 8. Panelling Detail 9. Room in the Chambre du Chocolate 10. Details 11. Through the Round Window 12. Chambre du Chocolate 13. Corridor 14. Large Space 15. Willy Wonka’s Office 16. The Big Man’s Toilet 17. Nice Room 18. Selfie on the Stair
  18. Hi people! I wasn't there for a long time but I promise it was the last time:) Today I wanna share with you some photoes from a factory where big autos were built but now there're only dry plants there. Thanx for attention and good luck!
  19. UK The Snow Factory, Jan 14

    Was a nice day for a wander last weekend, a rather spur of the moment one for me with Mr Cloaked Up, planned over a previous nights booze and Persian Meat Wallet thus meaning security would have smelt me before spotting me. The chances of an urbex poo were also quite high, luckily neither made an appearance. John Brunner and Ludwig Mond in 1873 began producing soda ash in Cheshire using the new Solvay process. They used brine solution, ammonia and limestone to produce sodium carbonate in pure form and with lesser byproduct than their competitors. They chose Winnington due to it sitting on a deep bed of salt, its proximity to local limestone quarries and nearby coalfields, plus it has good transport links via the canalised river Weaver. By 1881, the partnership was well established and it became a limited company, producing 200,000 tons of soda ash each year. Demand increased, so Brunner Mond built a new soda crystal factory at Winnington in 1888, to sit alongside the existing soda ash one. By buying up their competitors, Brunner Mond established themselves as the country’s biggest soda ash producer – and they continued to expand. In time, Brunner Mond & Co. provided virtually all of Britain’s soda ash, and became the world’s largest alkali exporter. After WW1, plans were made to build another soda ash plant, this time across the road from Winnington, at Wallerscote. At that time, the island was a muddy eyot sitting midstream. The factory produced its first soda ash on Christmas Day 1926, just in time for the Great Depression. The four plated steel silos on Wallerscote Island were an integral part of the plant, and the core of the buildings we explored date back to that time. Meantime, Brunner Mond became part of Imperial Chemical Industries, ICI, on New Year’s Day 1927, and the Wallerscote factory was one of its showpieces. It took ICI a long time to integrate its disparate founding companies – so Brunner Mond retained its own identity for years, forming the Alkali Division of ICI until 1964, after which it became the “Mond” Division. By the 1960’s, ICI concentrated soda ash production at Wallerscote and Lostock, whilst Winnington was devoted to caustic soda. The Wallerscote soda-ash works closed in 1984, but the silos on the island continued in use. The soda ash business was hived off in 1991, as an independent company which was named … Brunner Mond. But then it was bought in 2006 by Tata. Today, the plan is to build houses on the Wallerscote site. Bugger, run out of text with a few more shots. Soz. Cheers
  20. Belgium Cable Factory - 2014

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  21. On my way to the northcape last year i found this factory in Tampere. It was closed in the 70s and today is used by locals for grafitti.
  22. Random scouce factory...

    Anyone know what this place is by any chance? Its in liverpool over the water from the docks and shiz i thinks its the wirral way but i really cant be sure! I ve tried to search but im not local or paid enough attention to pin point its location any help would be awesome... Thanks for looking
  23. Hi guys, as some of you might now I am a volunteer worker at Drakelow so I thought I would give you the information first along our volunteers press release. On a personal note I am absolutely gutted, there are so many good people who have given up a lot of their own time, money and resources to help restore this historical site. Just as the possibility of getting the museum open was coming into grasp it feels like it might all be taken away by this news. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-25124814http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-25124814 Drakelow Tunnels Volunteers Press Release: Thanks for reading
  24. A group of us went up north to have a got at this one last year, was taken aback by the sheer size of the place! We hit the main part of the factory just as the sun was setting and it made for some amazing lighting. Here's some history i found on the place but i really can remember where so apologies for no credits: Thanks for reading More Photos and full report on my blog -> http://www.ukurbex.co.uk/pilkington-glass-factory-doncaster/
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