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Great Britain Melbourne House, Bedford, England - October 2019

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So after doing the ATC tower; we tried a couple of other local sites, but were sadly unsuccessful in our quest; and this absolute tower of hell came up locally.

I'm a believer in "if its there; may as well do it", I mean, its a day out isn't it? We drove to and parked right next to this scummy old block. I knew the inside would be disgusting. The building instantly had a nasty feel to it, and I don't feel that often about derelict places. It just felt as if you would catch something from it and it smelt horrible.

That said, the view from the roof is really nice, with various landmarks to see such as The Cardington Hangers. Once on the roof it was quite a nice, chilled spot to hang out and shoot landscape shots of Bedford and the surrounding areas. We avoided the main office areas off the landings, but got some quick internals after coming down from the roof.

It was another one off the list, another one to show my two non-explorer friends (introducing them to THE best hobby), it wasn't great, but we enjoyed it.

It was surprisingly quiet, with the slight din of local kids in the street, and the neighbouring hand car wash below.

There is very little in terms of history of this "wonderful" place The building has housed local authorities departments for Central Bedfordshire Council who later relocated to new offices.

This site became surplus to requirements. It seems to have since been sold a couple of times and has been granted planning permission for several different modifications since 2011, but no works have yet taken place.

There is so little info, but I guess it closed about ten years ago. The last company who bought it have since been dissolved, and the tower has been valued at 5 million on several estimate websites.

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That is in quite a state. Is it not worthy of a silly codename? ;)

Nice treat seeing Cardington like that. Reminds me of an amusing attempt at that place.

What is the pyramid looking thing in the background?
 
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That is in quite a state. Is it not worthy of a silly codename? ;)

Nice treat seeing Cardington like that. Reminds me of an amusing attempt at that place.

What is the pyramid looking thing in the background?
Thanks mate. Very kind. But the tower itself is rough!

That would be the Bedford Oasis Beach Pool! It’s as awesome as it sounds, rubber rings, full strength wave machine, and full strength 1980s flumes. And really lovely hot water. A proper retro 80’s swimming pool

I may or may not have visited on several occasions during the week as a fully grown adult to make use of these facilities when they were devoid of noisy kids....
 

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Thanks mate. Very kind. But the tower itself is rough!

That would be the Bedford Oasis Beach Pool! It’s as awesome as it sounds, rubber rings, full strength wave machine, and full strength 1980s flumes. And really lovely hot water. A proper retro 80’s swimming pool

I may or may not have visited on several occasions during the week as a fully grown adult to make use of these facilities when they were devoid of noisy kids....
I tend to refer to that stage in life as fully grown kid.

I may or may not use that term on myself ;)
 
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Annoyingly sometimes they don't open the flumes till 4PM! To which I argue "but then there are kids everywhere!"
 

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Worth it for the staircase money shot 😉
 
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