Jump to content

UK Oak house, Rejected dwp computer center, swindon wiltshire

Recommended Posts

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






5. This tells me they were short of funds.




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


Edited by crabb
Felt the original didn't have good enough detail or high enough standard
  • Like 3

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

HI @crabb and welcome to the forum :) Cheers for putting a report up. That old record storage thing looks cool :) 

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Some nice shots. Welcome to the forum!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Edited due to me thinking it wasn't quite up to scratch the first time round plus found more photos I didn't upload, thank you for bearing with me as this is my first forum,


  • Like 1

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 The Urban Collective
      Smudges 1st ever photographic report - may 2018
      Smudges has been known by numerous other names over the years from The Crofters Arms Hotel to McGees to Moghuls Palace but has always retained it's charm and character.
      A true time capsule rotting away in the heart of Bolton. Featuring some stunning hand-carved bars and one of two of this type of revolving doors that exist the other located in a grand hotel in London.
      The Urban Collective
      We Film It...




























      Thank you for checking out my pics guys!
      The Urban Collective
      We Film It...

    • By The Urban Collective
      Smudges A.K.A The Crofters Arms Hotel and McGees first ever video report May 2018
      The Urban Collective
      We Film It...
    • By SouthCoastUrbex
      Hi all, we are back already with another video! This time we had been tipped off of an abandoned Chinese resturant in Southampton and what an explore it was! It turns out that everything had been left behind although the place being slightly trashed.
      I couldn't find to much in regards to history of this place but I don't think it's too extensive but after looking at the reviews it seems pretty obvious why this place was closed down as it was stated as having terrible customer service and wasn't very hygenic.
      Hope you like the video, like always open to feedback. I am looking at getting new equipment to help with low light so please bear with me!