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With a 2.5 meter high, fully reinforced security fence, cameras at every angle and motion sensors tucked away in strategical places, this building was designed to keep people out. A load of good that did, eh? This building is shrouded in mystery, its former use was totally unknown and even google wasn't any help! Turns out it was the old headquarters for the Department of work and pensions, but they could not afford to keep it running, so became a rejected building for social security. No one has ever documented this building and not a single photo of the insides can be found.. Until now. Not my fanciest of camera work but the night time was the best time for this trip. So granted the shots could be better but with not a lot of time on our hands (and maybe setting a motion detector off) we had to make do! The building itself was actually very clean and tidy, in and out. Fair bit of dust and clutter from the stripping off pipes from underneath the flooring but no graffiti, no vandalism.. Not a single sign of "outsiders". Truly trapped in time with 1990's tech scattered, but nothing of worth, just old school things that required Ethernet and a few tapes and old floppy disks. For the most part it was quiet and things were calm, the main worry was watching for the missing floor panels and pesky motion sensors above a certain few doors. So I gather most office blocks like this are still protected (A company called 'clear way') which is kind of surprising considering how long it has been abandoned and I cannot find out anything to do with that buildings future. Originally used as a primary headquarters for the department of work and pensions, handling data and dealing with data to do with peoples income and possibly entitlement of benefits, sits unused and had been abandoned between around 2002 but the exact time is yet to be known. It was being used through the 90's that's for sure with lift service sheets with the last service being 2002 and floppy disks and tapes dating through the 90's. It is unfortunate we could not see the whole building, as out of the three floors it had only the ground and second were explored. The lower ground floor proved to be a challenge as that's were the sensors really were, so we decided to leave it and head out quiet as a mouse. But not without having one last look at the glass atrium of course. Over all this building is still somewhat a mystery and i'm fairly certain we are the only people to document this building, which is mad for me. This is my first real forum and I hope you enjoy the photos, Til the next one! "Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints" 1. scouting a way in 2. The atrium, looking straight through 3. 4. 5. This tells me they were short of funds. 6. 7. The windows for the atrium 8. Lift mechanics 9. The lift motor and pulley system 10. Service history for the lift 11. A letter (with buildings address) for evaluation of the one lift 12. Typical office corridors, minus the health and safety hazard 13. Vintage mounted desk with plug sockets built in 14. Huge computer room 15. Keys still left as they were since closure 16. Media storage units 16. Hand drawn schematics for lift dated 89 17. Lift room 18. Temperature gauges 19. Wiring for the lift 20. Very rusty keys 21. The motor for the lift 22. Lift schematics 23. The original blueprint before the construction of oak house 24. This still works! 25. Flooring lifted for strip down before being abandoned 26. Old school floppy disk dated 91 27. Media room and units 28. Stannah lift lever 29. Inside the vast atrium 30. Another angle 31. Vintage clock and safe
My original plans fell through today thanks in no small part to the weather but by chance someone else I know sent me a message asking if I wanted a little outing, so in an effort to salvage something from the day went on a little trip to Swindon. Ash House and Oak House were originally nurses homes for the long gone asylum Burderop Hospital, their last use however was to house patients with acute special needs. Ash House closed in or around 2003 and Oak House followed in 2011. Ash House is totally falling apart, the decay really is quite something - you know when you start to see stalactites forming on the underside of concrete surfaces that they have been severely compromised so it won't be long until things begin to collapse. Oak House has faired a little better despite there being a fire on the ground floor at some point which has led to heavy smoke damage throughout that floor. At present there are only rumours of development so for the forseeable future these are being left to rot. Ash House Oak House More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157640640592985/
This factory has seen many users- 24 shed debugging unit for GWR works - Plessey - Yorkshire Imperial Plastics,then Clares Retail,who specialised in making shop equipment like the early till scanners and Ciggy kiosks,not forgetting shopping trolleys..It closed for good early 2007 and was demolished because the business rates/tax was too high to remain empty,and the building has been demolished totally...today in 2013,the site still remains undeveloped.I know its an old explore but always good to see again. Almost gone And that was Clares Retail..the Bridgewater branch kept going after Swindon closed,but for how long,I dont know, Many thanks for looking.