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  1. History The Manor Church Centre is a Grade II listed building in Egremont, Wallasey. It was designed by architects Briggs, Wolstenholme and Thornley (the same company who designed the local town hall) in the early 1900s, and was constructed by George Parkinson between 1907 and 1908 for £19,000. It was built to replace the Presbyterian’s first Neoclassical church on King Street because it was too small to accommodate a rapidly growing congregation. Once completed the building was known as the Egremont Presbyterian Church, and being the largest Presbyterian church at the time it had the capacity to accommodate 1,000 people. The church opened for worship in 1908, almost immediately after completion. The large church hall at the rear was added in 1910. For many years the church remained unchanged, until 1972 when the Presbyterian Church of England and the Congregational Church in England and Wales joined to form the United Reformed Church. As a result, the church became Egremont United Reformed Church, until 1994 when it united with Trinity Methodist Church and became the Manor Church Centre. Manor Church Centre is well-known for its architecture and interesting stained glass windows. The church is constructed out of red sandstone from quarries in Runcorn, and is based on a unique mixed English Perpendicular, Arts and Crafts and Gothic Revival style. The design of the building includes a large nave with north and south passage aisles, a north transept, a short chancel and a 60ft southwest tower. The interior of the building was designed to be spacious and to offer uninterrupted views for all members of the congregation. The Baltic Pine hammerbeam roof (a decorative open timber roof truss) with corbels that are decorated with foliage help to create such an atmosphere. As the church hall was built a few years afterwards, it adheres to a different Tudor style with four bays and mullioned and transomed windows. As mentioned above, the stained glass throughout the building is famous. Some of it dates back to the 1890s, and other pieces the early 1900s. Some of the most notable pieces include: a pane depicting the Empty Tomb by H.G. Hiller in the east window, the window in the transept depicting The Sower that was designed by W. Aikman and made by Powell’s, a window by G. Gamon depicting Faith, Hope and Charity, a window on the north side of the building by the famous stained glass artist Wilhelmina Geddes, and the west window which contains glass that was designed by Percy Bacon. Although reports are limited, it is reported that the church closed sometime after 2011. Dwindling congregation numbers have been attributed to its closure. Another report suggests that the building is undergoing a refurbishment project, but it is unclear whether the building will reopen as a church, be reused for an alternative function or be demolished to make way for a potential housing project. There are concerns among the local community that vandals have started to cause considerable damage to the building, particularly some of the stained glass where there is evidence that stones have been thrown through. Our Version of Events It was getting on for late afternoon, and we were heading back to base camp for the evening after spending a few hours looking around a derelict mansion we’d passed several times while staying in Wallasey. A large church towered above us as we wandered along the footpath. The building itself was one of those that look a bit abandoned, but you’re not too sure if it really is. Nevertheless, it merited a bit of closer investigation, so we hopped the non-existent fence and tried to have a peek through a window. Unfortunately, our efforts proved to be fruitless. A strippergram could have been jiggling her tits around on the other side, but we wouldn’t have been any the wiser. It was way too dark inside. We continued wandering around the outside a bit more, though, and much to our delight ended up discovering a possible means of entry. Several minutes later and we had successfully infiltrated the church. Of course, the stripper had been a complete figment of our imaginations, so the remaining content of this report has been given a PG rating. But, in taking our first glances around the silent navel we could see lines of pews and what appeared to be an almost immaculate looking setting. A gigantic wooden ceiling hung over us and what was left of the fading sunlight outside struggled feebly to penetrate the thick stained glass windows. The entire church looked as though it has been abandoned only yesterday. Our footsteps echoed loudly as we wandered towards the large organ and baptismal font. It was incredibly dark inside the church, especially since most of the stained glass windows have been enclosed in metal cages to protect them from the failed ejaculation specimens of Merseyside. To rectify this problem, we were forced to wave a 1000 lumen torch around (the only torch we had available). As we did this, we hoped that neighbours and people walking past outside wouldn’t notice the erratic light display that was going on inside. If one of us had taken to the organ it’s likely people would have thought Elton John was getting frisky with the keys, or that John Lennon had risen from the grave, checking all the nooks and crannies for where he left his bastard submarine keys. It grew darker and darker very quickly, so in the end it became a case of running around the church to grab as many snaps as possible of the good stuff. We left the tower until last because the vast majority of it isn’t anything particularly special; it looks as though much of the original spiral staircase has been replaced for metal ladders and gantries. At the top we arrived just in time to see the sun setting over the River Mersey and the lights turning on over in Liverpool. The views were surprisingly good considering we were in the middle of a residential area. After expending the last of the daylight, we made our way back down into the church. From this point on taking photographs inside the building became virtually impossible so we decided to head off. We guessed that the chances of getting caught by someone walking or driving past outside were considerably high now, especially since people would be leaving work around this time. Overall, though, despite the light problems Manor Church Centre proved to be a really good wander. 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 14: 15: 16: 17: 18: 19: 20: 21: 22: 23: 24: 25: 26: 27:
  2. Formerly a small marine education centre. Closed in the 2000s. Thoroughly wrecked and all history seems to have been forgotten by the Internet and locals near it. G h
  3. Dongzhimen is Asia’s largest transportation hub, connecting 3 subway lines, buses, the airport express, and the Second Ring Road. The Guoson Centre aimed to take advantage of this with a 600,000 square metre space including a transport interchange, retail mall, five-star luxury hotel, two office towers and residential apartments. However a long term equity dispute lasting 7 years has meant the complex remains unfinished and accumulating debts. The exteriors of the buildings look all but finished from a distance but they are just empty shells. I visited here with a couple of friends on my recent holiday with the intention of scaling one of the abandoned 35 storey twin towers. Unfortunately we were spotted by a nosey neighbour who shouted for security so we had to make do with one of the smaller buildings in the complex instead. Still, at 20 storeys high the views were pretty decent and it was nice to look down on somewhere a bit different from London. There are much bigger skyscrapers than this under construction but I am told they have workers on site 24 hours a day. The unfinished mall was just concrete floors and pillars, I didn't bother getting my camera out as it was dark but I reckon it would definitely be worth a daytime visit as it's pretty huge. The amount of unfinished construction projects in China is astounding, apparently it's quite common there to build the shells of buildings and forget about them for a few years. It's certainly a fast developing country. 1. 2. My first chance to have a play with my new fish eye up high 3. 4. 5. 6. Working through the night 7. 8. 9. Part of the unfinished mall is visible in the bottom left of the shot 10. 11. The abandoned twin towers 12. 13. Raffles City, a roaring success of a similar complex down the road 14. Totally staged 'looking hard and covering my identity' UE selfie Thanks for looking
  4. Just interested what you lot think of people doing these crazy climbs. I must take some serious balls to to this no ropes or anything.
  5. After hearing this was closing at the end of last year, it went straight on my list and then promptly got forgotten about until I suddenly remembered about it when chatting with The_raw and others a few weeks back. So we set a date and went and had a look round. Probably shouldn't have left it so long really, demolition is well underway although they are only nibbling at bits of the structure at the moment and the roof has been removed from some of it. Unfortunately I didn't get to see any of the cool bits in the basement areas of Earls Court one, as the_raw and others covered those on the second night when I was otherwise engaged which was a shame as they look to be the most interesting bits. None the less it was pretty cool to have a look round the place. I have seen several bands here over the years so it brought back a few memories of those gigs as well as the time I went to the motorshow with by best friend when I was about 13 (21 years ago now!) Earls Court for those that don't know was the premier exhibition space in London for decades and hosted many prestigious events such as the royal tournament, the London motor show, the London boat show and many concerts and other events. It consists of two parts, Earls Court one which was built in its current form in 1937 and Earls Court two which was opened in 1991 (much later than I thought!) the two spaces were linked and could be used as one space or as separate spaces as required. The building for Earls Court one has a very distinctive art deco styling which I personally love and I will be quite sad to see this place go. I do understand why they've chosen to redevelop it as if you look around the place it is very antiquated when you compare it to modern exhibition centres and venues such as the Excel centre, but still it is a shame. One unique feature of Earls Court one was the concealed pool in the middle of it which was formed by lowering part of the floor in the middle of the space and then flooding it. The floor is supported on a combination of hydraulic jacks with lock-in rigid supports, enabling it to be used in its 'up position' for 'heavyweight' events such as the Royal Tournament, then lowered and flooded to give a 60 m long and 30 m wide pool between 2.5 m and 3 m deep (depending on usage). The 750-ton concrete exhibition floor can be removed and reinstated at the push of a button. When used it takes four days to fill and four days to empty and 2 1/4 million gallons of water are needed to fill it! Visited with The_Raw, JohnnyP, Ojay and then joined later by Sentinel Anyway, on with some photos :-) Earls Court One They are evidently preparing to put a tower crane in the middle of it, they've knocked a bloody big hole through the building. The base of the crane to go in was sitting next door in Earls Court 2. We managed to get onto the roof. It wasn't great as rooftops go, but was a nice mooch. View down the side of the building Various bits of plant were on the rooftop - they made buildings properly in those days, put this on the roof of a modern building and it'd end up on the ground floor! This was right at the very top of the place, these flaps opened to allow heat out of the building I think. Found the water tanks and plumbing for the sprinklers including some lovely old guages. Roof space which was a maze of gantries. I had a good mooch round the roof space, pretty sad but years ago I always used to look up and wonder how they strung up all the wires for things they hung from the roof for exhibitions etc. Well now I know. There were also various hefty power supplies for music events etc. concealed up here. This was possibly my favorite part of the explore even if some of of the walkways were very sketchy indeed. Then onto Earls Court two. This building is comparatively bland, but it was still quite nice to just walk round for a bit. Plant hidden behind the walls at the side Walkways either side of the hall Structure Cheeky shot on the roof in front of the sign And then there was this. I just snapped this photo randomly of one of the signs and didn't think anything of it, then when I got home just out of interest I delved into my ticket collection to find the tickets for the earls court gigs I'd been to and well . . . . So that's it, Earls court. Thanks for Looking, Maniac.
  6. Earls Court Exhibition Centre is a closed exhibition, conference and events venue in London that originally opened in 1887 and was rebuilt in 1937 in its most recent art deco style exterior. It is located in Earls Court within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and was the largest such venue within central London. The founder was John R. Whitley and the first exhibition included performances by Buffalo Bill Cody as part of the 'American Exhibition'. This was followed by 'Four National Exhibitions', the title of C. Lowe's 1892 book about Earls Court and its founder. Earls Court is widely known for serving as London's premier exhibition hall for many decades, hosting the Royal Tournament and Motor Show, Ideal Home Show, the Brit Awards (until 2010) and a number of other notable events and concerts. It was also used as one of the venues for both the 1948 and 2012 Olympic Games. It was served by two London Underground stations: Earl's Court and West Brompton, opposite the entrances on Warwick Road and Old Brompton Rd respectively. In 2013 controversial plans to demolish Earls Court were approved in order to make way for a new residential and retail estate on the site, which is expected to be completed in 2033. Demolition work began on the site in December 2014. With so many landmark sites in London it's simply a case of waiting for the next one to reach the end of it's life cycle. Earls Court exhibition centre's fate has been doomed for a while now, the hoarding went up last year and we'd nearly forgotten all about it until Maniac mentioned it in a conversation recently. Probably just big empty rooms with nothing in them we said to each other, but then as the conversation continued we started to wonder actually what might be lurking underneath the place and whether or not we might be able to access the roof. We made it a priority and got ourselves down there pronto with ojay and sirjonnyp. It's an absolute beast of a site (check out the aerial view later) and we weren't wrong in thinking there might be more to it. It took two long visits to get around the majority of it and I'm sure we still missed some bits. The main arena was like a scene from the apocalypse, rain falling from above and twisted metal railings strewn across the place. The labyrinth of service tunnels were hiding some epic plant and boiler rooms amongst other things. The roof contained the most gigantic gantry I've ever seen which enabled you to climb to the very top of the structure, happy days! A really satisfying explore this one and perhaps a last glimpse of one of London's most famous venues before it disappears off the planet. 1. Epic external shot found on google images, standard. 2. Entrance Hall 3. Main arena 4. 5. 6. Restaurant posters 7. 8. Some machines and bits around the perimeter of the arena 9. 10. 11. Service tunnels underneath 12. 13. Some old photos presumably taken here 14. Restaurant kitchen 15. There were 7 of these huge boiler tanks (I'm guessing that's what they are....), you can just about see through the door how long they are 16. 17. Plant room 18. Found this little control panel in there 19. The Roof 20. 21. Up on the gantry, I used incandescent white balance on this shot 22. 23. 24. The last climb to the top 25. Sketchy hand held shot looking down with the arena visible below 26. Taking a break at the very top of the roof inside one of the little black areas seen on the photo below 27.
  7. PIG RESEARCH CENTRE, STOTFOLD *** WARNING *** THE AUTHOR WILL TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INEVITABLE PIG RELATED REFERENCES IN THIS REPORT. THESE REFERENCES MAY PASS AS 'HUMOUR' OR MAY CAUSE OFFENCE DUE TO THEIR CRINGE WORTHY NATURE AND INSENSITIVE INCLUSION History The UK pig industries Development Unit, just outside Stotfold in Bedfordshire was opened by Lord Belstead, Minister of State (Lords), Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods in November 1984. Over the years it underwent many changes but was always at the forefront of research firmly aimed at delivery of practical opportunities, work which could be quickly disseminated and implemented on working pig farms. At its peak the unit employed 10 staff and had 300 sows. However major changes in the industry and a fundamental shift in the strategy of the British Pig Executive (BPEX) meant it was no longer needed and over the last six months of its life was gradually wound down The final piece of research work was completed in May 2007, and the site closed sometime in July 2007 A BPEX Director of Pig Industry Development said at the time: "Stotfold has been a huge asset to the industry over the years and we are sad to see it go. "BPEX carried out a major review of its research and development and unfortunately Stotfold didn't fit into the new perspective." The explore I have been putting this off for ages and ages, despite living in snorting distance. I guess it never looked very inspiring and reports just showed a right pig's ear of place. Seeing a friend in nearby Ayrsley (i thought about asking if she would like to join me for a swell time, but tactfully this did not happen) meant there was no excuse, so off i trotted: 1. This was the best part of the joint (sorry..). 2. I like this shot, this brought back the bacon for me. 3. This photo was a bit sloppy though. 4. Outside accommodation for the less privileged swines. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. The remains of piggy abattoir, clearly this has been smoked. Ok, this mooch will not tickle every ones ribs, but i actually quiet liked it here and despite the main buildings in hock (i really mean lock) down, not a bad wee gander at something a little different. So, of i chopped (last one i promise), to have a mooch around the nearby Fairfield Hospital (now named Fairfield Park): 13. Fairfield Hospital had the longest corridor at half a mile long in the country. It also had a very long driveway from Arlesey village and the then railway station which was closed and reopened further towards Biggleswade in the 1990's. 14. A lovely old weighbridge situated half way along the driveway. That's about it for anything remotely abandoned here; there is a chapel that looks empty, but is sealed tight and situated right in the middle of busy suburbia. 15. Opened in 1860 and closed in 1999, Fairfield Hospital (later named The Three Counties Hospital) replaced Bedford Asylum to cater for more accommodation. 16. All the buildings are now converted for middle managers and the like, but back in the day all this greeted you. A full compliment of security on a pole at every turn. How i wish i had tried harder! 17. Certainly impressive buildings and pleasing to see so much has been retained. 18. Into the airing court. Many thanks for looking and thank god those pig jokes have finally bitten the dust (or the leftovers) .
  8. The North London Mail Centre was established in 1904 Sager bought the 500,000 sq ft North London Mail Centre for £30m in 2003. The site is now a £370million development called the 'Islington Square Project' providing nearly 43,000 square feet of green space across rooftops in the heart of Islington. The Islington Square project will become a luxury complex of 356 homes alongside shops, cafes, restaurants, offices, a health club and a cinema. Model of how it will look when completed I visited here 3 times in as many months with a few different people, skeleton key, adders, monkey and gabe if I remember rightly. We went up the crane twice, up on the roof of the main building, and down into the bowels of the construction site. It's a big playground with a few things to do. The main building although completely stripped out looks as though it will have it's exterior retained. The site is also home to a live royal mail depot so there is always some activity down below. Here's a few pics from all over the site. The centre of the main building Struggling to find a way up to the roof... The rooftop which will be turned into 'green space' Looking down at the live mail depot The other half of the site SK deep in thought SK taking a pew.... Thanks for looking
  9. Heron House, Aylesbury – September 2014 Not much on this place. It had been sealed since its 2012 closure when the Job Centre vacated the building and returned to their Oxford Road location. The name gives away that it was built as part of the Heron Empire, probably sometime in the 60s or 70s. I can’t remember the owner of the Heron Empire but I think one of his building companies was run from here. Someone was living inside in a luxury squat inside; seemingly taking advantage of some building work inside! I was alone so didn’t disturb them and didn’t hang around to shoot internals; lets face it anyone whose been doing the hobby for more than a few months knows what this bugger would look like inside! It appears that the building is being extended upward and having an extra five floor added before being turned into flats. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157647774887802/
  10. It doesn't get much more relaxed than wandering around this site, it's a walk-in with no security and is basically a playground for street artists. Apparently up until the end of last year the whole place was a tip until a street artist known as King Trev took on the task of clearing out the crap to make the place more accessible. Since then some of London's finest graffiti artists including Tizer & Mr Cenz have taken to the place and made it their own with their colourful styles. I believe it also gets used for airsoft every couple of weeks and next door there is a remote control car race track run by Nitro Heaven, apparently the biggest in London. They are currently in trouble for the illegal tipping of hundreds of tyres next to the sports centre which has caused fines running into the thousands. I couldn't find any history on when the building was built or abandoned unfortunately but then my research skills perhaps aren't the best. The building is just a shell pretty much but if you like graffiti it's a very cool spot to visit and changes frequently. Here's some pics Thanks for looking
  11. The building now known as The Hoe Centre lies at the southern end of the area which formed the focus for Patrick Abercrombie's 'Plan for Plymouth', an ambitious scheme for creating a grand Beaux-Arts city centre in place of the devastation caused by World War II bombing. The Hoe Centre lies within the space zoned for hotel use, and was one of the first buildings constructed in the Plan's implementation. Plymouth's importance as a naval base is also, of course, very considerable. The Hoe Centre was originally constructed as a Naval, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) social club to the designs of Ernest Martin Joseph (d. 1960); begun in 1949, the building was completed in 1952 and opened by HRH Princess Margaret in July of that year. The building was an ambitious undertaking designed to play a prominent part in the bold city centre plan; the design followed a tradition created by such seminal buildings as Ragnar Östberg's Stockholm City Hall (1923), and WM Dudok's Town Hall at Hilversum (1928-31), which served as a reference for many British buildings of the 1930s, including the 1938 Norwich City Hall by CH James and SR Pierce (listed at Grade II*). Ernest Joseph came from a family of architects. The firm Messrs Joseph was founded by his father, Nathan Solomon Joseph, a prominent designer of synagogues, and known for philanthropic projects; his brother and cousin were also architects. Ernest Joseph's own work included synagogues and philanthropic ventures, private houses, residential blocks, and commercial premises. Joseph had a long-lasting connection with the Ministry of Defence and the NAAFI. During the First World War he was appointed in an architectural capacity to the Army Canteen Board, later to become the NAAFI, and in World War II he became Director of Works, overseeing the construction of temporary clubs for troops. After the war, the NAAFI began a programme of erecting permanent club buildings to a high standard, often with residential accommodation for members of the forces and their families. Besides the scheme at Plymouth, Joseph designed such clubs for locations including Portsmouth (1946), Catterick, Chatham, Salisbury (1952), Lincoln, Aldershot and Colchester. The club at Plymouth, which replaced a temporary hutted club opened in March 1945, incorporated a restaurant, tavern and cocktail bar, dance hall, reading and writing room, lounge, games room, and conference room, in addition to hostel accommodation. Flats were also provided on the site for the Club Manager and Manageress. Joseph had to work within several constraints in designing the building, making allowances for unstable cellars and rubble from blitzed buildings, as well as a considerable ground fall from west to east and from south to north. The requirement that the building be particularly maintenance-efficient influenced Joseph's choice of materials: aluminium Plymax was used on doors and light switches, hardwood veneers were employed, and Macula wood floors laid in many of the rooms, with Rexine used in areas of particularly heavy use. The building remained in use as a forces club - known latterly as the Plymouth Hoe Services Club - until 1969. From 1980 to 2007 it was the Plymouth School of Architecture.
  12. Underground Medical Centre History: Firth Brown Steels was initially formed in 1902, when Sheffield steelmakers John Brown and Company exchanged shares and came to a working agreement with neighbouring company Thomas Firth & Sons. In 1908 the two companies came together and established the Brown Firth Research Laboratories. There where a few different departments to include Photographic Department from 1964 until 1980 and it was located at the bottom of the ramp next to the sandwich shop. At the bottom of the ramp, turning left, was the creep lab and right, the photographic department. This comprised a large studio, cine editing room, various darkrooms and print finishing rooms. At the rear of the cine editing room as a vertical ladder which emerged from a "hole" near where the chauffeurs garage was located. It was a casualty clearing place in the war that may explain why it is believed that this was once the ambulance/medical room in the basement. Visit: Well sorry no comedy report for this one. This was a get in and out as fast as you can and grab a few piccies to prove it. Unless you count the nearly pulling JustSam off the wall as I got up, or playing peek a boo with the traffic and passers-by, or the fact I got my foot stuck in the rubble on my way out…..but just maybe watching JustSam get stuck half way down the wall then freezing…can’t get up…can’t get down. Do I try help? fear of getting squished if she fell or do I just carrying on giggling as she starts to scream. Maybe just maybe there were a couple of comedy moments to be had. An open door is always a nice sight… You could almost hear someone say..Take a seat---now have you ever had strange thoughts about crawling through some dark, fusty, damp place? Well there was no rest for the wicked so we ventured on… The privacy screens did not seem to work any more... and the plasters had seen better days… I wondered if the rubbing ointment above had anything to do with the jockstrap below, makes you think what went on here… The plot thickens… Time to leave the shenanigans of the candle waxed walls… Thanks for visiting..
  13. Built in 1856 by George Whiteley,a spinning & weaving mill closed in 1975,also used as a leisure centre at one point..more info here..http://cottontown.org/page.cfm?LANGUAGE=eng&pageID=2919
  14. Firth Brown Steels was initially formed in 1902, when Sheffield steelmakers John Brown and Company exchanged shares and came to a working agreement with neighbouring company Thomas Firth & Sons. In 1908 the two companies came together and established the Brown Firth Research Laboratories and it was here, in 1912, under the leadership of Harry Brearley they developed high chrome stainless steel. The companies continued under their own management until they formally merged in 1930 becoming Firth Brown Steels. The company is now part of Sheffield Forgemasters.
  15. So this had been on my radar for a while, I even visited here in January 2005 with my parents and some friends to buy some Chinese ingredients for a special meal that was being cooked for an occasion of which I can't remember. At 14 years old this place was really interesting, lots of interesting food and foreign ingredients. I remember getting a plate and having a little bit of everything from about 4 stalls, the food stalls were round in a square shape and the communal seating in the middle. They had all sorts, Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Singaporean, Korean etc. I remember seeing it reported on way back in 2011, but put it off due to rumours of heavy handed security. Me and Northern_Ninja visited early this year and couldn't even get into the site. We returned for another go and saw a small gap. It was a good day out and sort of cheered me up slightly following a personal grievance. The complex served a large Community in North London and people would travel a long way to browse its two stories of restaurants, bars, clubs, shops and supermarkets. It was originally a Yaohan Shopping Centre; but changed its name when the Yahoan Corp went bust in the 90s. There was a durian stall, a satay stall, a Karaoke bar called the "China City Karaoke Bar", Dim Sum restaurants and a Szechuan restaurant to name a few. The centre also included tableware and clothes shops. It had featured on the TV series "Luther" and on the movie Dredd, where the interior was modified to look more trashed sadly. It has also fallen victim to vandals. Onto the pics. Unfortunately I forgot the externals! Thanks as always More at: Oriental/China City - a set on Flickr
  16. I been in here before but didn't take my tripod due to the climb and I really wasn't happy with the pictures, this time I've got a new lightweight tripod and had tame to spare so in I went The road currently has roadworks but a lorry driver had parked up for a sleep which made for some really good cover
  17. 2013: No trace remains. This along with the Maxwell Pool was demolished in 2011 and they both now form a huge open air car park. 2011: Opened: 1975 Closed: 2010 Ok, I did this site months ago, and rushed it as I had work. Demo was fast on the way and Unfortunately other commitments took over! Closed in June 2010 due to the opening of the new Waterside Theater, built as a complex with the Maxwell Pool and Civic car park Taken on a busted tripod #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 finally a signed trap door! #12
  18. 2013: Still an airsoft venue I think 2011: Been wanting to do this for a long time now. We were allowed in by permission of a company that uses the site for airsoft. Brilliant set of blokes, and asking permission is pretty much the only way in for this one. Shopping center closed due to the opening of The Oracle Shopping Center in 2004. My first ever permissible explore! What a nice relaxed one it was. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 And onto Mecca: #1a #2a #3a #4a #5a #6a More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157626034161655/
  19. First I'm sorry for the picture quality, I couldn't make the climb while holding a tripod I was passing and decided to pop in It's a really nice little explore that is relatively untouched . And a quick video
  20. UK TA Centre, Paisley June 2013

    ok, first outing with the 650d and made a bit of an arse of the photos as totally got the ISO wrong and ended up with noisy pic, so apols in advance History Built in 1896 by TG Abercrombie The Drill Hall was originally opened at the western end of the High Street as the headquarters of the Renfrewshire Militia in 1865. Eventually a reorganisation of the militia reformed them as a one of the volunteer battalions of the Argyll and Surtherland Highlanders. The old premises became inadequate and so the public subscription was raised, and the local architect T.G Abercrombie produced the Scots Baronial style building we see today. There where two enormous cannons that stood guarding the doors. These were trophies brought back from the Crimean, which seem to have disappeared during one of the drives to salvage scrap metal during the war. Myself and Scattergun
  21. I can't go through my archive of now-demolished sites without mentioning this place, probably one of the most criminally overlooked urbex sites in the whole of the UK which would have gone totally unexplored had me and my mate not spent multiple days there documenting every nook and cranny of this huge site that was just down the road from Pyestock. The Centre for Human Sciences was a former Defence Evaluation and Research Agency site comprising of the Army Personnel Research Establishment, Institute of Aviation Medicine, Navy Psychologists and Air Science industries. It occupied a 10,000sq/m site next to Farnborough Airport. On site facilities included hypobaric and hyperbaric chambers, climate controlled laboratories, biomechanics labs, vibration/vision/sleep labs, a deceleration track and immersion pool. The role of the CHS was to provide advice for the MoD and other customers on aspects of science and technology where human performance and capability was critical, such as war zones/combat situations. The customers included the MoD itself, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Flight Safety Inspectorate, service medical branches and others. In 2001, when DERA split to become the DSTL and QinetiQ the majority of the place closed along with Pyestock. I made a good few visits between December 2010 and January 2011 with the first visit the most eventful. Walking up the site we failed to spot a CCTV camera and alarm which duly went off and was the single loudest alarm I have ever heard! We decided the best course would be to hide somewhere on site and after a bit, nobody turned up so we continued. The site was split in two by one of the road entrances to Farnborough Airport and we had crossed into the other half, about 20 minutes after we entered it I noticed movement outside the building we were in and suddenly we had company! A pair of security officers from QinetiQ HQ had been dispatched to come see what was going on as we had been seen on CCTV and, we presume, by the guard on the entrance to the airport. It turned out it was staff in HQ who had set the alarm off! They were two of the nicest, politest security guards I've ever met considering where they worked for, one in particular I reckon if he'd been on his own he would have let us continue on, but the other guy was more firm and told us to leave. Good times! Anyway on with the photos...this will be very photo heavy. Some are not so great as I only had my old bridge camera back then, which didn't really like huge dark spaces. Outside the enormous climatic cold chamber, with the biggest centrifugal fan I have ever seen on the left. Soldiers/researchers would have been attached to the guide wire and put on the treadmills while cold air blasted them from the huge fan. Part 2 below
  22. .. couldn't believe my luck when a fellow exploring buddy said he’d found a way into this place…so on a cold, wet Sunday afternoon and using the excuse that aforementioned exploring buddy had â€no-one to play with today†managed to get me out of going to a kid’s birthday party… cheers Kev ! This site is right in the centre of a certain town…all the flats are completely trashed so the only really cool bit is the central atrium. It is almost designed like a prison and must have been hell for the poor people living there! .. Given the housing crisis in this country it’s a shame the local powers that be couldn't make this place work ! We went back in the dark and made full use of the place! The central atrium The view from the top looking down to the communal courtyard They certainly were small flats ! From one end to the other Even some of the doors looked prison like! It was much more fun in the dark! Watch out for those falling sparks Curtain of fire. That’s it..we went back very recently and it is now a total wreck !
  23. Forgive me lord for I am about to post a derp!!!! I saw Ghosts report on this and thought, that's interesting, I happen to pass that every other Friday when I go to Bedford to pick up my daughter This history comes from a 2007 article on the swine based webpage "The Pig Site", I shit you not!! UK - The MLC's Pig Development Unit at Stotfold in Bedfordshire has closed. Opened by Lord Belstead, Minister of State (Lords), Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods in November 1984, the centre has been at the forefront of practical research and investigation into production techniques, meat quality and genetic performance. Over the years the unit has undergone many changes, but always firmly aimed at delivering practical opportunities and trial work that could be quickly disseminated and implemented on commercial pig farms. The British pig industry owes a huge debt of gratitude to the staff, scientists - and the pigs - that have provided such a vital link in its development for more than 20 years. At its peak MLC Stotfold employed 10 staff and had a 300-sow farrow to finish operation. However, major changes in the industry, and a fundamental shift in the strategy of the British Pig Executive (BPEX), meant it was no longer needed. The unit has been gradually wound down during the past six months and the remaining two members fo staff, unit manager Lisa Taylor and stockman Malcolm Day, have now been made redundant. BPEX is currently exploring the possibility of site redevelopment and has applied for planning permission" Visited with my daughter "Mimi Urbex" Pig body fridges!! Winner!!! Urm!! Ghost, wasn't you down here a while ago? I think you may have left something behind
  24. Well here is my first report on the site so please be gentle !! Wasn't sure what to expect with this it was either going to be a fail or a quick mooch round a yard but how wrong I was ! Was there for several hours and the place is a lot bigger than it looks and relatively untouched, it made for an enjoyable morning and a lot of pictures to go through. Below is a History of the place and then the pics. There were also some resedential properties here but were all much of the same and not of any real interest.... The British pig industry owes a huge debt of gratitude to its centre of research and development done here. The UK pig industries Development Unit, in Bedfordshire was opened by Lord Belstead, Minister of State (Lords), Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods in November 1984. Over the years it has undergone many changes but has always been at the forefront of research firmly aimed at delivery of practical opportunities, work which could be quickly disseminated and implemented on working pig farms. At its peak the unit employed 10 staff and had 300 sows farrow to finish. However major changes in the industry and a fundamental shift in the strategy of the British Pig Executive (BPEX) meant it was no longer needed and over the last six months has been gradually wound down. The final piece of research work was completed in May 2007, part of the Defra LINK �3.5m weaner research programme. The centre's part was to look at weaner diets that maximised the use of home-grown cereals and oilseeds. To the end, the stock performed excellently with weaning to slaughter growth rates of 740g/day and grower to slaughter in excess of 1050g/day. A BPEX Director of Pig Industry Development said: "It has been a huge asset to the industry over the years and we are sad to see it go. "BPEX carried out a major review of its research and development and unfortunately itdidn't fit into the new perspective." Research over the years Over the years, the work has included: - Introduction of soya bean meal to pig diets - Copper sulphate as a growth promoter - Evaluation of commercial genotypes for sow productivity, growth - Performance and carcase and meat quality (Stotfold First Trial) - Development of ultrasound technology for carcase composition - Blueprint for pig meat eating quality - Stotfold sow lactation feeding strategy - Phase-feeding - protein requirements of commercial genotypes - Established speed of growth and pork tenderness were positively correlated - Liquid feeding offers savings of 14p/kg dead weight - Liquid feeding halves the percentage of pigs testing positive for Salmonella at slaughter BPEX has been exploring the redevelopment of the site and planning permission is being applied for.
  25. Good little explore this one, all was going well till secca appeared with dogs and got us escorted off site by police Visited with Nelly, Skeleton Key, Msaunder1972, Non Member Ben, Troglodyte, Priority Seven, Wevsky, SpaceInvader and Obscurity. Nelly has more than covered the History on this one so straight on with the Pics Thanks to Nelly and the guys for pointing this one out
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