Jump to content
The_Raw

UK National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), London - May 2017

Recommended Posts

This was a fun explore. Presumably there must have been a threat from animal rights protestors when it was active here so the site is well secured. High fences equipped with beam sensors and shake sensors stretch the entire perimeter, with remote controlled infra red cameras pointed at all the weak points. The site is also partly still active as the relocation process hasn't quite reached completion yet. The main building (The Francis Crick Institute) was our main target although we passed many outbuildings along the way; houses, stables, a sub-station and many more. It took us a while to figure out a way into the main building but once inside it was a pretty chilled affair. Unfortunately the labs had already been cleared out so there were no pickled animals in jars lying around, which was a shame, coz you know, that's the kinda grim stuff we were hoping for! However, all was not lost as the building itself had some nice art deco features which sort of made up for it. Visited with @extreme_ironing, and again with @AndyK! and @Miss.Anthrope.

 

History

 

The National Institute for Medical Research (commonly abbreviated to NIMR), is a medical research institute based in Mill Hill, on the outskirts of London, England. It is principally funded by the Medical Research Council(MRC), and is its largest establishment and one of only three designated as an 'Institute'.

 

The Medical Research Council, founded in 1913, was immediately charged with establishing a central research institute in London. Later that year, premises at Hampstead were acquired and the National Institute for Medical Research was founded. In the 1930s, the decision was made to move the Institute to new premises. An imposing copper-roofed building at Mill Hill was designed by Maxwell Ayrton, the architect of the original Wembley Stadium, and construction began in 1937. Occupation was delayed when war broke out in 1939 and the building was given to the Women's Royal Naval Service. The building was returned to the MRC in autumn 1949 and the official opening ceremony took place on 5 May 1950, with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth present. 

 

In 1962, Nobel Prize winner Sir Peter Medawar became director and, consistent with his research interests, established NIMR as a major centre for immunological research. Following an illness, Medawar retired as director in 1971 to be replaced by Sir Arnold Burgen. Burgan had an interest in nuclear magnetic resonance techniques and formed the MRC Biomedical NMR Centre at the Institute in 1980. Sir Dai Rees became director in 1982 to be replaced by Sir John Skehel in 1987. Since then NIMR has continued to excel scientifically, reporting perhaps most famously the discovery of the sex determining gene SRY, in 1991.

 

In 2003, as part of their Forward Investment Strategy, the MRC announced plans to consider moving NIMR from its current location to a university/medical school site, to enhance its ability "to translate its biomedical research into practical health outcomes." University College London was selected as a preferred partner institution, and in 2016 the NIMR began its migration to the new Francis Crick Institute, constructed next to St Pancras railway station in central London.

 

The rooms and other locations in the building were used in the film Batman Begins, for the Arkham Asylum scenes.

 

 

1. The Francis Crick Institute, Mill Hill Laboratory.

34834080882_306cdc201d_b.jpg

 

2. Nice art deco entrance hall

34618950510_a442f4bfdf_b.jpg

 

3.

34654269722_29c3173ee9_b.jpg

 

4.

34156493724_4cce4b92cc_b.jpg

 

5.

34654294592_81d83091ab_b.jpg

 

6.

34842955782_5d515f3c39_b.jpg

 

7.

34865631141_941f9279ef_c.jpg

 

8.

34997833595_38286b6ba0_b.jpg

 

9. Map of the building layout

34834203502_70b72ee286_b.jpg

 

10. Some funny scribblings on the wall

34619026380_e5a5a32f7f_b.jpg

 

11. A few photos from the various laboratories which made up about 90% of the building.   

34997868915_c84a1afe41_b.jpg

 

12.

34834264732_1f62a764cf_b.jpg

 

13.

34610055330_ba76c8daba_b.jpg

 

14.

35006901935_8047ee0b88_b.jpg

 

15.

34834210692_ff4650f8f8_b.jpg

 

16. & 17.

34187114243_cc81854d7d.jpg 34865781741_a15bdb6a48.jpg

 

18.

34609994630_ec66092b46_b.jpg

 

19.

34865707071_e69431ca2d_b.jpg

 

20.

34834179952_4c7a9feee1_b.jpg

 

21. A nice safe vault in the basement

34817352805_5fd9e0636d_c.jpg

 

22.

33975911924_84f8e14221_c.jpg

 

23. The Directors

34866059901_88dca79e2c_b.jpg

 

24.

34654219482_b32b9dda92_b.jpg

 

25. Looking down from the roof. The building with a green roof was a nice looking hall but unfortunately locked.

34610070100_2dc2782124_b.jpg

 

26.

34610084840_27d53e40f0_b.jpg

 

27. Games Room (locked)

34957788006_939eacdeb2_b.jpg

 

28. Refectory

34007537113_b546bb6c02_b.jpg

 

29.

34007512123_d92bdec8cd_b.jpg

 

30.

34430807500_ec6d0cea32_b.jpg

 

31. Christmas decorations still hang from the ceiling 

34684538291_17c79d1826_b.jpg

 

 

32. Art deco library, a nice surprise located on the 5th and 6th floors. 

34865799231_44f01e2c07_b.jpg

 

33.

33974016354_cb2544a05e_b.jpg

 

34.

34007479483_28ff48b9b1_b.jpg

 

35.

34654209772_d256778d01_b.jpg

 

That's all folks, thanks for looking :) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dayummm. Favourite shot is the whiteboard with chat about tezzers :D 

 

Seriously though, that library is sweet and looks like there could be more from here in the future hopefully :)  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One of the nicest medical type spots I've seen in ages lurking about on public forums. Really, truly very nice and superbly shot. Gives a great idea as to the scale and geography of the place.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, SlimJim said:

One of the nicest medical type spots I've seen in ages lurking about on public forums. Really, truly very nice and superbly shot. Gives a great idea as to the scale and geography of the place.

 

Cheers Jim bob :thumb 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Similar Content

    • By little_boy_explores
       
      History
       
      In the 14th century the Bretton estate was owned by the Dronsfields and passed by marriage to the Wentworths in 1407. King Henry VIII spent three nights in the old hall and furnishings, draperies and panelling from his bedroom were moved to the new hall. A hall is marked on Christopher Saxton's 1577 map of Yorkshire... The present building was designed and built around 1720 by its owner, Sir William Wentworth assisted by James Moyser to replace the earlier hall. In 1792 it passed into the Beaumont family, (latterly Barons and Viscounts Allendale), and the library and dining room were remodelled by John Carrin 1793. Monumental stables designed by George Basevi were built between 1842 and 1852. The hall was sold to the West Riding County Council in 1947. Before the sale, the panelling of the "Henry VIII parlour" (preserved from the earlier hall) was given to Leeds City Council and moved to Temple Newsam house. The hall housed Bretton Hall College from 1949 until 2001 and was a campus of the University of Leeds from 2001 to 2007.
       


       
      Explore
       
      Work began on site in march 2016... The MüllerVanTol studio has been appointed to design the interiors of the Grade II listed mansion and the refurbishment of other listed buildings is well underway. Most of the 11 student dwellings which were built in the 1960's and 1970's have been demolished including Eglinton, Litherop, Swithen and Haigh, Grasshopper will be the last to go in late 2017. A real shame considering the position of the college which specialised in design, drama, music and other performing arts with notable alumna attending.

      The Hall itself resides in 500 acres of park land which is home to the Yorkshire Sculpture park (YSP). (YSP) was the first of it's kind within the UK and his the largest in Europe, providing the only the place to see Barbara Hepworth and Bronzes by Henry Moore. Over 300,000 visitors are said to visit the park each year and on previous visits its been easy to blend into the crowd and walk around the exterior of the old Hall this said access internally as always been restricted. Access to the Hall today is strictly prohibited and is protected by 6ft metal fencing which spans the entire grounds including former classrooms and the stable block and more so their is a high presence of security on site with the developers keen to keep the public away. Recently signs have appeared to restrict the public taking pictures near the Hall itself... typical signs read (restricted use of photography in this area). The developers seem to be going to extreme lengths to protect the design ideas of the Hall and are passing these restriction onto local media and staff working onsite... I'm guessing the developers are wanting to keep their plans secret until the grand opening later in 2019.

      During the festive Holiday period we decided to pay a visit... making our way to some of the former classrooms and the student centre. This led to the stable block passing by the former dwellings and down to the main hall. We were surprised to have got this far and would have been more than happy with some nice externals of the buildings on site. YSP was very quiet and we were aware of sticking out in the surroundings so decided to head inside. Making our way down to the hall we were sure we would be found before we had chance to pull out our cameras. We were quite taken away by the sheer scope of the refurbishment and the beautiful restoration work been carried out we soon forgot about the threats of been in the Hall. Slowly documenting our visit and proceeding through the Halls rooms we became aware our explore light could be attracting unwanted attention from the outside as daylight was running out. Turning it off where possible it was obvious that it would be shining like a beacon through the Halls many rooms, we decided to head out with the premise of returning in the morning. Unfortunately on our return we were met by the security who TBH was sympathetic in escorting us off the premises. It seems like our well documented day at Bretton Hall was a one off and maybe we will have to wait to see how the restoration unfolds when the Hall is reborn as an hotel.
       
      Pics
       
      1. Entrance Arcade belonging to former stable block (circa 1800).


      2. Beaumont Bull & Wentworth Griffin above the columns on each side of the archway below the cupola.


      3. Lost student art outside the experimental theatre... former carriage house 


      4. Looking down the Colonnade


      5. The stable courtyard


      6. The south range of Bretton hall dates back to 1720


      9. Giant pilasters supporting the pendent at the north range of Bretton Hall


      8. Three storey nine-by-five-bay main range.


      9. Pathway leading to the exterior of the former library


      10. Former Orangery 


      11. Plaque detailing the history 


      12. Former dinning room with marble fireplace 


      13. Typical Rococo style in the former dining room 


      14. Typically their would have been a frieze around the fireplace 


      15. Looking up at the glazed dome 


      16. Looks like restoration as begun on the pendentives


      17. Former drawing room with its spectacular baroque ceiling


      18. Close a look at the baroque ceiling 


      19. Originally Regency Library then later converted to a display room.


      21. Left overs from the colleague era 


      22. looks like works yet to begin in this area of the hall 


      23. Leading back to the library 


      24. restoration of the cove Acoustics to amplify sound in the music room 


      25. Light hanging from the Adam style celling

       
      26. South ranges main staircase


      27. Main staircase with a wrought iron railing 


      28. Stone stairs leading down to the basement 


      29. A form of art nouveau


      30. Inside the main range


      31. Coving shelves 


      32. Beautiful example of a transom window 


      33. Mid - century scandinavian style chair 


      34. Adam style celling's from 1770 


      35. Developer keeping with the original sash windows


      36. Groin vaulted passage with three arches and piers decorated with grisaille paintings in the Portico Hall


      Added buildings from the former college days

      37. The gymnasium 


      38. exterior of former classrooms 


      39. Former student centre reception 


      40. Corridoor leading to the classrooms 


      41. The student centre was empty 


      42. Damaged computer


      43. Locked


      44. typical student dormitory 


      45. recreational room 


      46. Entrance to one of the very few remaining former dormitory buildings 





      The history of the Bretton Hall could be a thread all on its own ... as could the documentation of the architecture its position as educational faculty and importantly the future usage of the Hall as an entertainment venue. I've done my best to condense this were possible and in doing so have provided a comprehensive report regarding Bretton Hall.. 

      Hope you enjoyed the report
       
    • By hmltnangel
      After a work conference, I decided a trip to the rather nice Belfast Mortuary was in order to help cure the immense hangover I had from drinking many pints and many whiskies the night before. 
       
      Closed for a while, and slowly disintegrating from the local delinquents attention. 
       
      Clear and Concise 
      DSC06568 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
       
      Fridges
      DSC06599 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
       
      Fridge Close Up
      DSC06602 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
       
      Main Entrance
      DSC06606 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
       
      Scales
      DSC06566 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
       
      Stainless Slab
      DSC06584 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
       
      Another View
      DSC06586 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr#
       
      The other slab
      DSC06572 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
       
      Drain
      DSC06578 by Dale Hamilton, on Flickr
    • By little_boy_explores
      History
       
      Officially opened by the Earl of Scarborough in 1957, it was built the year before for £350,000 as headquarters for Leeds chemicals and dyestuffs firm Brotherton and Co and was at the heart of a new business area at the Westgate end of The Headrow. It was named in recognition of the famous Leeds city benefactor family, after the Brotherton Library and Collection at Leeds University, the Charles Brotherton engineering and chemical laboratory, the Brotherton Wing at the Leeds General Infirmary and the Brotherton Charity Trust.

      It was dubbed as the design of the future with the “latest external and internal structural techniques, automatic ventilation and ceiling heating”. Its ceilings were reported to be “acoustically perfect”, and its floors covered in highly-polished parquet. It was in 1965 – long before the merging of local police forces and the establishment of the current West Yorkshire force, that the old Leeds City Police took over part of the building and ultimately established its administrative headquarters there.

      In addition to the then Chief Constable and his Assistant Chief, numerous other police departments have been based at Brotherton House over the decades including senior CID, Special Branch, Fraud Squad, Regional Crime Squad, Firearms Registry, Aliens Department, Force Prosecutions, Special Constabulary, Training, Photographic and Fingerprint departments, the then so-called Policewomen’s Department, Pay and Accounts. Most notable investigations to have been carried out at Brotherton house was the notorious "Ripper squad" which was applied to a group of investigators and was the term used by the media for the investigation into the Yorkshire Ripper murders. Including George Oldfield the man in charge of the investigation. Today, the building – which has largely been vacated – overlooks the Leeds Inner Ring Road and is described by its agents as a “substantial high-profile office building with a significant presence.”
       
      Explore
       
      A day out in Leeds, driving on the ring road I noticed a building covered in green fabric... on closer inspection we found out by locals telling us that the building was abandon. Mostly the building is in good condition with a large amount of original features untouched.. the main hall is really something with original parquet flooring and a grand stair case leading into the main building. Corridors lead to open staircases on both sides of the building which offer access to the buildings six floors including rooftop.
       
      Pics
       
      1.

       
      2.

       
      3.

       
      4.

       
      5.

       
      6.

       
      7.

       
      8.

       
      9.

       
      10.

       
      11. and 12
       
       
      13.

       
      14.

       
      15.

       
      16. and 17.
       
       
      LE FIN
    • By little_boy_explores
      "Wallpaper paper peeling heaven"
       
      History
       
      Eastmoor Secure Unit for Children, located near the small village of Adel in Leeds West Yorkshire opened in 1857 as the Leeds Reformatory for Boys by the Leeds Society for the Reformation of Juvenile Offenders, on a site deliberately chosen to be removed from the temptations of the city. Reformatories were distinguished from Industrial Schools by taking young people who had actually committed offences such as begging, wandering, consorting with thieves and prostitution, opposed to those who were merely destitute or neglected and in danger of falling into crime. 
       
      There were around 50 boys at the school in 1858. The south-east range and headmaster’s house was added in 1860, when the attic floor of the initial range was converted to dormitories. The workshops of the north-east range, built by the boys in 1859, were rebuilt in 1881 after a fire, and a separate chapel to the south was added in 1882, The swimming pool beyond the north-west range was added in 1887 and roofed in 1896. A boiler room between the north-west range and the pool was inserted in 1899 to heat the pool. It was used by community groups as well as inmates, and swimming and life-saving were taught. (This swimming pool is now one of the oldest in the country.) 
       
      The buildings continued in use as an approved school named Eastmoor School from 1933 and then a community home when it was taken over by Leeds CC on 1st April 1973. It was then known as Eastmoor CHE, that is Community Home with Education. A number of separate houses were constructed around the core site from the 1950s onwards, but there has been little change to the buildings externally.  In 1993 a secure unit for young offenders was built on part of the site, the Eastmoor approved school which housed some of the countries most dangerous child criminals including one of the Bulger Killers, Jon Venables. The site was leased to Leeds Metropolitan University from the late 1990s when the surrounding houses were used for student accommodation who left when a new campus opened in Headingley in 2003. It has been unused since c2004 and has been marketed for housing development.
       
      Explore
       
      Little hard to find this one and is some distance from the centre. Having trailed through woodland, through peoples back gardens (sorry) and then finally walking a further distance we came across this desolate hospital. The x-hospital sits next to a brand new secure unit for children, which gives the place a surreal feel. The building is in an extremely poor condition most of the upper floorS have gaping holes through to the lower floors and there is a high presence of asbestos. In the courtyard someone as gone to the trouble to spell out 'HELL IS PCP' using huge stones that have been piled in the courtyard, guessing building works commenced at some point. Theres a lot of atmosphere in the building and a few times we were sure there were others camping around the building. Worth an explore just watch the floors and the local addicts... oh and there a bar in the building (unfortunately not selling beverages) most probably installed for the students. 
       
      Pics
       
      1.

       
      2.

       
      3.

       
      4.

       
      5.
       
       
      6.

       
      7.

       
      8.

       
      9.

       
      10.

       
      11.

       
      12.

       
      13.

       
      14.

       
      15.

       
      16.

       
      17.

       
      18.

       
      19.

       
      LE FIN
    • By Forgotten ulster
      History :
      Casement Park (Irish: Páirc Mhic Asmaint) is the principal Gaelic Athletic Association stadium in Belfast, Northern Ireland, home to the Antrim football and hurling teams. Located on the Andersonstown Road in the west of the city, and named after the Republican revolutionary Sir Roger Casement (1864-1916), the ground has a capacity of 32,600.[1]
      Casement Park, one of the largest stadia in Ulster, opened in June 1953, with Armagh Harps defeating St John’s of Antrim in the final of the inaugural Ulster Senior Club Football Championship.[2] The newly opened Casement Park hosted the Ulster Championship final less than a month later, which saw Armagh overcome reigning All-Ireland champions Cavan.
      In all, Casement Park has hosted eight Ulster football finals. However, the Antrim ground has not held the provincial showpiece since 1971, with St. Tiernach's Park in Clones hosting the final every year since except between 2004 and 2006 when it was moved to Croke Park such was the demand for tickets. A major facelift of the stadium took place in 2000, a move which saw more championship games played at Casement Park. In 2006, floodlights were added which allowed hurling and football to be played in the evening.
      In 2006, proposals were raised to build a new multi-purpose stadium on the site of the old Maze prison near Lisburn, which was intended to host association football, rugby union and Gaelic games. However, opposition to the idea led to it being dropped in favour of a new venue in the Sydenham area of East Belfast. This led to Ulster GAA, which was one of the partners in the Maze project, to pull out in favour of remaining at Casement Park.[3]
      In 2011, the Northern Ireland Executive announced that it had granted £138m for various stadium redevelopment projects throughout Northern Ireland. Ulster GAA would receive £61.4m of this, which was to be used to redevelop Casement Park into a 40,000 all-seated stadium with £15 million of partnership investment from the Central Council of the GAA, making it the largest stadium in Ulster.[4]
      In early 2012 it was announced that the redevelopment work would start at the end of 2013 with a view to having the new stadium open by September 2015. It was expected that, after its completion, Ulster GAA would move its headquarters from St Tiernach's Park in Clones to Casement Park,[5] which would then have a seating capacity of about 40,000.[6]
      In December 2014 the granting of planning permission for the redevelopment of Casement Park was ruled unlawful.
      On 28 April 2016 the team behind the Casement Park redevelopment proposals launched a consultation process in an effort to see what the general public's views are. On the 14th November 2016 Casement Park was officially included as part of Ireland's 2023 Rugby World Cup bid.
      2006 controversy
      A decision in 2006 by the Antrim County Board to permit the use of Casement Park to host a Republican rally in commemoration of the deaths of Provisional IRA and INLAprisoners in the 1981 hunger strike drew criticisms from unionists.
       
      Visited in late 2015, casement lies the same today although work on redevelopment is expected to start very soon. knowing the social club was still in use allowed access to part of the ground and the rest i just had to blagg.























×