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Thamesteel Sheerness kent, Sept 2012

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wevsky ,obscuirty ,stealh2k12,fortknoxo,urbanginger and six riff raff

a little history ...

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This is a large and interesting complex, located at the northern end of a tight triangular junction with the Sheerness-on-Sea branch. First proposed in 1969, the construction of Sheerness Steel Works was given the go-ahead in 1971, building work beginning in that September on land largely occupied by Army playing fields. The building cost was priced at £10,000,000 (£105,921,790 at 2008 prices), and included swallowing up a goods yard recently made redundant by British Rail.

The works, a private venture under Canadian ownership, commenced operation in November 1972, and was designed to recycle scrap cars into steel coils and rods. The latter were for use in reinforced concrete and the steel mill had the capacity to process 180,000 tons of scrap metal per annum. It was envisaged that the mill’s yearly capacity could be increased to 400,000 tons within four years and, indeed, an additional £5,000,000 was invested in the works in 1975 to meet this target. Steel was produced using the electric arc process, and the mill remained a profitable venture until the second half of 1980. Much of the scrap metal dealt with originated from Mayer Parry Recycling of Erith, this being shipped down the Thames. Scrap metal and finished steel were also carried to and from the works by rail, and for this operation, new wagon batches – tailor-made for this type of traffic – were produced by ''Procor''. The rolling stock was leased by the steel mill at a time when there were few privately-owned wagons running on British Rail; indeed, this was one of a small number of works which was not part of the nationalized British Steel.

For many years the Sheerness Steel Mill was owned and operated by Canadian-based ''Co-Steel'', but with this company's struggling finances, it was sold to ASW Holdings Limited of Cardiff, Wales after a deal was finalized in December 1998. The latter could only keep the operation going until July 2002, the company subsequently going into receivership on 10th of that month - the end seemed nigh for the works. And in January 2003, Sheerness Steel was taken over by Thamesteel...

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thanks for looking (y)

 
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Thats a well composed thread (y)

Industrial magic all the way and quality shots :beer:

Thanks for sharing matey ur a gem (y)

 

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Holy mother of industrial !, loving this ! taa for the photos :cool2:

 

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Nice photos mate yours came out shed loads better than mine,place was a bitch to get lighting right

 

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Storming, mate that's just.... Awesome, Pukka and informative history, followed by an outstanding set of pics !, Another top drawer post (y)

:cool2:

 

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Particularly like the first shot for some reason. Just a really nicely composed image.

 

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amazing!! this old industry is just getting better,,,great report this one...thankyou for sharing..

 
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Enjoyed reading this one. It's a big bruiser of a factory eh? Well impressed with the quality of the shots too, especially the black n whites. Excellent set of pics and an interesting read :)

 
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