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  1. The Blue Chapel Monastery in Italy sits abandoned and features a bright blue chapel with a very large cross hanging from the ceiling. The chapel itself is the main point of interest in the place as the rest of the building was pretty well stripped back to its concrete and brick construction. Large cracks were showing within the main chapel mostly along the rear wall around a circular window which indicates some serious structural issues likely due to the years of neglect. Thankfully however, the Monastery is in a pretty isolated location and as a result remains relatively untouched and free from any major vandalism or graffiti. Visited with Matt Andy de Kay of Behind Closed Doors and Spider Monkey. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. More photos and higher res copies of the ones above on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2016/02/13/urbex-blue-chapel-monastery-italy-april-2015/
  2. Villa 1967 has gone down hill quite a lot since some of the previous photos I’d seen and so I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with what was left. That aside the place was actually quite nice both from the outside and in some of its internal features. The staircase, you could tell, would have been once very grand and beautiful but was now beginning to crumble and was damaged due to vandalism and years of neglect. For me though, the focal point was the entrance hall with its multiple pillars and painted arched ceilings it was quite impressive. Visited with Andy de Kay of Behind Closed Doors, Matt and Spider Monkey! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Higher res copies of the above photos and a few more shots on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2016/02/08/urbex-villa-1967-italy-april-2015/
  3. Bit of a throw back report but I dont think I have posted these 2 sets up here yet and I have rcently been back through and reprocessed these old shots from both trips in hopes that they look a little less over baked. Briefly the National Gas Turbine Establishment at Pyestock Fleet was built in 1949 beginning with some small test cubicals inside buildings like the plant house and has since been added to over the years resulting in the huge site that stands there today. For over 50 years Pyestock was at the forefront of gas turbine development. It was probably the largest site of its kind in the world. V bomber, Harrier and Tornado engines were tested on site. The power of the air house allowed Concorde’s engines to be tested in the purpose built Cell 4 at 2,000 mph. Every gas turbine installed in Royal Navy ships was checked here; captured Soviet engines were discreetly examined. NGTE Pyestock closed down in 2000 and decommissioned to make way for a business park. Pyestock was used for several scenes in the 2005 film Sahara by Breck Eisner, based on the best-selling book of the same name by Clive Cussler. Internal sections of Cell 3 and Cell 4 were suitably reworked for the film’s supposedly solar powered waste disposal facility. First visit A massive thanks to Mr Bones for being the tour guide for us on this trip! He was mega tried having been up all night exploring but he proper pulled through for us what a Legend! Visited with Mr Bones and Sam the Mule. Really early start for us given the long 4 hour drive down there in snowy conditions. I’d planned trips here before which always fell through but not this time… We started with the Airhouse and covered Cells 3 and 4 (the main ones I wanted to see). Made all the better by the fact that the snow was about 3 inch deep when we arrived and about 8 inch deep when we left this trip tops my list to date! These no doing justice to the sheer scale of this place until you’ve seen it for yourself! The cells were great I could have spent all day photographing each of them and we only ended up covering a fraction of the site! Revisit on the cards for sure! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. On to part 2...
  4. The rather large Paragon Hotel in Italy has been empty for around 10-15 years and is frequently occupied by the homeless. Occupying a pretty central location in a relatively large city, one of its dominating features is the main ballroom which has a huge skylight in the middle. Draped with fabric, the skylight provides a nice diffused light on the white and gold accented room. Otherwise the building is quite bland, the staircase was modest but had a nice detailed ceiling at the top and the entrance hall was empty and modern. Worth it for the lavish ballroom alone though for sure! Visited with Spider Monkey, Matt and Andy de Kay. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Higher res copies of the above photos and a few more shots on my site: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2016/02/21/urbex-paragon-hotel-italy-april-2015/
  5. Briefly, the abandoned St Joseph’s College, Upholland is a former Roman Catholic seminary, situated at Walthew Park, Upholland, Lancashire, England. The foundation of the large building were laid in April 1880 and college was opened in 1883. The buildings have recently been deconsecrated following the announced closure of the College which saw the last students leave in 1992. The seminary was founded in 1880 by Bishop Bernard O’Reilly to be the Seminary serving the North West of England. The college was formally opened in 1883 and was situated in Walthew Park, Upholland, the geographic centre of the Diocese of Liverpool. In 1986 the total number of students was down to 82, of whom only 54 were Church students, and it was no longer viable to educate them on the premises. From 1987 the remaining students attended St. John Rigby College in nearby Orrell for their schooling, an arrangement that continued until the very last of these students left Upholland in 1992. Visited with Donna, Baron Scotland, Jeremy Gibbs, Jorieke and Eva. Despite my numerous previous visits to this place due to a combination of alarms and not having a clue where they were the infamous row of sinks had eluded me. On this visit however, we were pretty blessed to find a fault on the alarm system which appeared to have disabled the sirens, we were in luck! Shortly after a few rooftop shots I went back inside on the hunt for them damn sinks and after about 20 minutes finally tracked them down. Also, this time, I had a better look around the ground floor and visited the chapel which we had seen briefly once before but had been interrupted there after tripping alarm sensors. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. Higher res copies of the above photos and more on my website: St Josephs Seminary
  6. History The now derelict Bangour Village Hospital is a large Psychiatric Hospital complex which first opened in 1906 as The Edinburgh District Asylum with an initial 200 patients. The Asylum which was modelled on a German village-plan design similar to that of the Alt-Scherbitz asylum of the 1870s. In 1918 when the Asylum has around 3000 patients it was renamed as Bangour Village Hospital and operated under this name until its closure in 2004. As with many other hospitals Bangour was requisitioned during both World War I and World War II and held the temporary names of “The Edinburgh War Hospital” and “The Scottish Emergency Medical Hospital”. Both in the interim years between the wars and after 1945 the Hospital continued to function as a psychiatric facility. A gradual phased closure of the Hospital began in 1989 with the closure of Bangour General Hospital (now Demolished) and the opening of the nearby St John’s Hospital. The last remaining wards closed in 2004. Since its closure, the Bangour Village Hospital was used as a location for the filming of The Jacket starring Adrian Brody & Keira Knightly. In 2009 The grounds were also used as a location for a counter-terrorist exercise named “Exercise Green Gate” which was a large scale training set up with 400 emergency services staff and 250 volunteer casualty actors. The activity was intended to prepare staff for chemical, biological or nuclear attack. Our visit Visited with Baron Scotland and Lowri, I’d always wanted to take a look around this place and was pleasantly surprised at by how vast the site was… the villas just seem to go on forever as you walk around the grounds which are frequented by local dog walkers. We managed to get access to 2 buildings the main recreation hall which was one of the original buildings and the church which was added in 1929 and was in surprisingly good condition with only some relatively minor water damage to one gable wall. Most of the other buildings seemed to be very heavily boarded and in worsening conditions. I don’t imagine there would be a great deal else to see but I wouldn’t mind a look around the nurses block at some point. It’s certainly one of the more attractive buildings externally. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Enjoy
  7. The first stop on our Italian Urbex tour the abandoned Mono Orphanage aka Crying Baby Hospital. As with quite a few of the locations on our trip this spot had been quite popular mainly because of the huge rooms filled with rows of beds. Sadly by the time we got there the beds had been taken apart and stacked in a room awaiting removal and the building appeared to have been cleaned out a bit internally and the grounds had freshly cut trees in them. This might suggest someone has bought the building and intends to renovate the place, but I cannot confirm this. Despite the beds being gone there were still plenty of things to shoot here including a couple of classrooms complete with children’s stools and desks and a medical room with a dentist type chair and several bottles of unknown liquids. Light was favourable and I’m pretty happy with my shots from here, bit of a shame about the beds and the graffiti but a nice location non the less. Visited with Matt, Andy K and Spider Monkey. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Higher res copies of the above photos and a few more shots on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2015/12/12/urbex-mono-orphanage-aka-crying-baby-hospital-italy-april-2015/
  8. Manicomio di R is a huge hospital facility located within a large town in Italy. Originally opened in 1871 the site consists of multiple buildings within large walled and fenced grounds and catered mainly for insane patients. Manicomio translates to “Madhouse” in English and was a term commonly used for the British counterparts, the county pauper and insane asylums, the majority of which are now close due to changed in attitudes towards mental health care. Whilst I have been unable to find much information about the place I suspect it suffered a similar fate and was apparently closed in the 1980’s. Visited with Matt, Spider Monkey and And de Kay. Another location which has been sat on the to-do list for far too long finally ticked off. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of vandalism and graffiti in here. The majority of the buildings in the ground appeared pretty well sealed but we didn’t have time to check the rest as our efforts were focused on the largest building on the site. This main hospital building is full of medical equipment and boasts some impressive scenes to shoot and we scrambled around as quickly as we could trying to capture as much as possible before the final light of the day subsided. Only having a couple of hours in the huge site was certainly not enough and I’m sure there will be lots that I have missed but after finding the infamous operating theatre and the rather unusual body tipper I was more than satisfied with the shots I managed to capture. The days are rumoured to be numbered for this place, contractors have been known to be kicking around the buildings over the last few month and I suspect it is only a matter of time before this building becomes repurposed. Until then, it sits empty, decaying naturally for us explorers to enjoy… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Higher res copies of the above photos and a few more shots on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2016/02/06/urbex-manicomio-di-r-italy-april-2015/
  9. Another lovely abandoned location in Italy, the Red Cross Hospital sits empty, on a hillside in a pretty remote locations. The weather was incredibly hot as we made our way inside and wondered about searching for the chapel which wasn’t as obvious to locate as we had expected. After shooting the famous Red Cross we had a look around the rest of the building which is largely empty except for a handful of wards which contained rows of beds complete with mattresses and a small classroom on the lower floors. Decay was heavy in most parts with trees growing inside some rooms and vegetation ingress in other parts which made for some really interesting shots. Really happy with this place, certainly exceeded my expectations and I was glad to finally have the chance to see if for myself 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Higher res copies of the above photos and a few more shots on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2015/12/26/urbex-red-cross-hospital-italy-april-2015/
  10. Villa Margherita is an abandoned residential building, which appeared from some of the modern decor to have been used as an office type building before becoming abandoned quite recently judging by the lack of decay… Visited with Andy de Kay, Matt and Spider Monkey, it was the last spot of the day and light was fading rather quickly. The main entrance hall with its mosaic tiled floor and impressive curved staircase and detailed ironwork balustrade which makes up the entirety of this report was pretty much the only notable feature with the rest of the building being quite bland. Still worth stopping off to see this. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Thanks for looking
  11. Not much to say about this place Domain M is an abandoned Hotel / Guest house which had signs of a started but abandoned renovation. Whilst I didn’t personally go upstairs here I’m informed there wasn’t much to see with all the best bits being on the ground floor. Some rooms were still full of lots of ornamental and retro furnishings such as the stylish jukebox and the clock in the lounge. The highlight for me, however, has to be the entrance hall. Visited with Matt Kriegaffe Hampshire, Scott Darby of Darbians Photography and Andy K of Behind Closed Doors, we rocked up a fair way from the location next to a car which had several guys unloading camera gear from the boot, after a quick chat we established they were there for the same reason as us, and we agreed to go scope out another potential location while they took a few shots and we were to return later. After a failed reccy elsewhere we came back and made our way inside just before a heavy rainstorm rolled in. I quite enjoyed this explore, despite being quite limited in the amount of rooms to shoot what was left was pretty photogenic and I’m quite happy with how the shots turned out, enjoy 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Higher res copies of the above photos and a few more on my website: Domain M
  12. History This second report from the Leeds Girls High School features the Rose Court building which is situated on the same site and the main senior school building. Rose Court was purchase by the High School in 1912 and I believe before this functioned as a private residence. Built of stone construction in a Georgian design the building functioned as the Infants School catering to the 3 to 7-year-old age bracket. I believe the nursery itself closed before the Seniors school, but I cannot find any information to confirm this, I am just speculating with the extent of the weather damage in comparison to the main building. Rose court was actually very interesting internal and had many more intricate internal features than the senior school. The main attraction had to be the entrance hall and cantilevered staircase which led up to a first-floor landing with a pale blue domed ceiling and support columns. The mahogany handrail atop the cast-iron balustrade was another cool feature but sadly spoiled by some clear plastic paneling around the landing section presumably to stop debris being knocked onto pupils below. On the ground dloor there was an impressive oval room with large solid rood doors which led on opposite ends into 2 other large rooms with decorative ceilings. I believe the current plans involve converting the building into apartments and the entrance hall is expected to be gutted despite the fact that the building itself is Grade II Listed. The state of decay is getting pretty bad due to the building no longer being water tight and I saw scaffolding had been erected the last time I drove by so hopefully some efforts will be made to save the structure even if it means the loss of the lovely features inside. According to Leeds Girls High Online the architect is thought to have been John Clark, as the design of the stair hall and the cast-iron balustrade is identical to those in Woodhouse Hall, Hyde Terrace, also by John Clark. Our Visit Visited with Raz, Pete ‘Hands’ Costello Andy de Kay of Behind Closed Doors and Matt, I was much more impressed with this place than the neighbouring building. Mainly because of the interesting features and the fact that the building was clearly older than the Senior Building it just seemed to have a lot more character to it. Not really much to say about the explore itself, we were in and out pretty quick, it’s not a huge building but lots of nice stuff to see and shoot. Enjoy the photos 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Higher res copies of the above photos and a few more on my website: Rose Court
  13. History Founded in 1876 The now abandoned Leeds Girls High School is situated in Headingley Leeds and was originally built to cater for girls aged between 3-18 years old. Established at a time when female education was on the rise, the school was an independent, selective fee-based school aiming to offer a similar all-round education of the boys tradition, academic grammar schools. Split into three sections based upon age groups this report features the Senior School which housed the 11 to 18 year old pupils. In 2004 only four years before closure of the site, Leeds Girls High School or LGHS was he highest performing school in the Leeds area in terms of GCSE’s and A Levels. 2005 saw the merger of the school with Leeds Grammar School for form Grammar School at Leeds on an administrative basis and 3 years later in 2008 the school itself closed down. Things then got a little interesting in 2010 when the Senior School building was transformed into a fictional Hospital named St Matthews Hospital and kitted out internally and externally to form the set of the ITV Medical drama Monroe. Clear evidence of the recent use of the building as a TV set remained with convincing fake tiles walls, changing rooms for the cast, emergency room signs and ambulance bays added to the exterior and a caricature of the star of the show James Nesbitt which were all left behind. Since around the of the filming and perhaps shortly before intense discussions over the future of the site have been debated with the Council with the largest sticking points being in respect of the grounds and landscaped areas with keen interest in retaining as much as the open space as possible. News reports from June 2015 confirm discussions were underway again with the most recently submitted plans being well received by council members as it involves retention of the Senior school building which will be earmarked to be developed into 36 apartments. Probably just in time as the building remains in pretty good shape. Our Visit Visited with Raz, Pete ‘Hands’ Costello Andy de Kay of Behind Closed Doors and Matt, I’d been to this place before but sadly been unsuccessful with finding a way inside. After seeing a few pictures pop up I had to go have a look for myself… I was really quite impressed with this place and found there was more that I had expected to photograph. There was a really good combination of old school features in particular a significant amount of science laboratories, but there were also some really cool modern parts which had clearly been added as sets for the TV series which they filmed here! Lighting was poor as there were a lot of boarded windows especially on the ground floor but I think we managed to cover most of the good stuff :D. Highlights for me were the cast changing rooms with all the outfits, set plans, scale models of sets etc and the room with the headphones, possibly a screening room I’m unsure… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Higher res copies of the above photos and a few more on my website: Leeds Girls High School
  14. History High Royds Lunatic Asylum or the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum as it was originally called, is a former psychiatric hospital near the village of Menston in West Yorkshire. The broad arrow plan asylum features a large array of stone built wards and interconnecting corridors most of which have been demolished leaving the majority of the old wards as independent buildings most now repurposed as modern apartments. The most grand of these buildings, the old administration block which sits at the head of the complex is Grad II listed and is one of the last remaining buildings to be renovated. This building features a large central clock tower which still functions to this day and the main hallways are covered with Italian Mosaic flooring which is intricately decorated with the Yorkshire Rose and black daisies. The Asylum opened on the 8th October 1888 and was in full use until a staged closer which began in 2003 following changes to the attitudes towards mental health care in the United Kingdom. Our Visit Visited withSpider Monkey, Matt Hampshire and Pete ‘Hands’ Costello on another successful SOCC outing :). I’d wanted to see this place for years and after numerous failed attempts in the past I had to take a look once it was back on the scene again. Clearly a lot more of the site has been renovated with only 1 or 2 old wards remaining along with the admin block which are all earmarked for conversion into apartments. Thankfully the Administration Building, the main target of our visit still had plenty of original features left to photograph and I wasn’t disappointed with what there was to shoot. Fortunately the main hall also remained and was accessible via the administration building as well as a few other corridors and kitchen / canteen rooms. Even though I would have loved to have seen this place it its prime I’m glad I managed to finally get to see a little part of it… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Higher res copies of the above photos and a few more on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2015/10/13/urbex-high-royds-insane-asylum-aka-high-royds-hospital-aka-west-riding-pauper-lunatic-asylum-menston-leeds-west-yorkshire-february-2015/
  15. History The Buzludzha Monument aka The House of the Bulgarian Communist Party is a huge concrete circular structure that many say resembles an abandoned UFO. It sits derelict on top of the Buzludzha mountain slowly crumbling away as it deals with lack of maintenance and fierce winter conditions. The Monument opened in 1981 after being built at a cost of 14 186 000 leva (around 7 000 000 €) but after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 only 8 years later the Communist Headquarters closed and began to fall into disrepair. The master builder was General Delcho Delchev who was in charge of the Stara Zagora civil engineering section. The lead architect of the project was Guéorguy Stoilov. Several famous painters and sculptors also contributed to the intricate decoration. Above the door in bold red paint is the harrowing message: ‘Never forget your past’ while alongside it is the more satirical: ‘Enjoy Communism’, in the style of the Coca-Cola logo clearly added by graffiti artists post closure. The building still holds a lot of significance to the communist party within Bulgaria and each year on the first Sunday in August around 30-40,000 people gather there as part of a socialist party meeting. Our Visit The House of the Bulgarian Communist Party also known as the Buzludzha Monument is one of those places that stands out as being something a bit special and was always a big location on the to-do list, but being so far away in Bulgaria it was just put off time and time again until finally we arranged a SOCC trip :). I’d seen hundreds of photos of this place from all seasons but I was really keeping my fingers crossed that we’d have some snow! Given our travel dates in March it was a long shot and as we travelled across a significant portion of Bulgaria the weather was pretty warm and sunny… Fortunately as we approached the Buzludzha mountain we could see that the peak had a nice dusting of the white stuff! So much so that we couldn’t even get our cars up to the hotel and our base camp for the next few days! After ditching the cars and walking the rest of the way to the hotel we ditched our bags and headed straight up to the monument to catch what was left of the daylight. The Buzludzha, given its location right on the top of the mountain, is very visible for quite some distance as you approach but the sheer size of the structure doesn’t set in until you walk up to the main building. The tower seems much larger than it appears from further away and even more so when you climb the ladders to the top! Once inside we made our way up the main set of stairs into the large circular auditorium which would have previously been filled with hundreds of communist party members. Undeniably the building is now in very poor condition with only the steel reinforced concrete structure remaining and a few original features from the mosaic pictures on the walls of the main room and the iconic emblem on the ceiling, still in the white cover of the snow this place was still very impressive. As it began to get dark I hunted around for access to the tower and made my way up to catch the sunset, I thought some of the other guys were following but I ended up up there alone for a good 45 minutes watching the sun go down over the surrounding mountain tops. Definitely one of those unforgettable moments in life! Shortly after it was back down, back to the hotel and time for cheap beer and local moonshine :D. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Higher res copies of the photos and quite a few more over on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2015/11/28/urbex-buzludzha-communist-party-monument-bulgaria-march-2015/
  16. Not much info on this one… just another derelict farm house in Wales full of belongings from the previous owners. Visited with Dystopia, Shush, Skanky pants, Travis, Lowri and beardy, this was a special little place full of all sorts of items left from the previous owners. There were signs that the property was beginning to be converted and brought up to date, the kitchen was quite modernised and sawdust indicated that it was fitted post abandonment… I don’t suspect this one will be around for long. Glad I got to see it 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. few more on my blog; http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2013/10/01/urbex-y-heulog-farmhouse-wales-august-2013/ Thanks for looking
  17. Visited with Andy de Kay, Spider Monkey and Matt (Kriegaffe9) I must tip my hat to Darbians for the tip off on this place! After seeing a shot of his from here I had to see this place for myself! Almost all the building had been stripping inside of most of the original features, many floors were back to brick and bare floorboards. Some office space remained pending further strip outs but after almost 40 minutes of searching we still hadn't found the main attraction, the ballroom! We knew it was tricky to find and only accessible via one door onto a balcony from which you had to climb down to the ballroom floor level. As soon as we opened that door we gasped at the sight of this room! Unbelievable in comparison with the state of the rest of the place this part stood almost immaculate with only some minor signs of decay… After covering the ballroom, we snapped a few shots of one of the staircases before leaving happy with what we captured… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. thats it for now, few more will crop up on my report on my website once its no longer NP.
  18. The abandoned Broadoaks Manor was built in 1876 by Ernest Seth-Smith for his elder brother Charles. In 1898 the house was then sold to elderly rich industrialist and between 1911-1946 the house was owned by the brewery owners the Charrington family. The Ministry of Defence have confirmed that the property was originally acquired by the Ministry of Supply in 1946 and later used by the Army Operational Research Group (1948-1996). After closure in 1996 the site was sold by them in 1998 and since then has stood abandoned. Visited with Andy de Kay and Spidermonkey, After a long night in London with no sleep we decided to poke our heads in at this place. I’d seen shots before and admittedly was much more impressed with the exterior which I sadly did not have the chance to capture. Inside the place is quite dull and bland with only a couple of interesting rooms and features. There were clear and obvious signs of modernisation most likely from the Army use of the site with a significant portion of the building being converted to office spaces. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Thanks for checking out the report, higher resolution copies of the above photos and a few more from this place on my blog: Broadoaks Manor
  19. The first building on the site of Selly Oak Hospital was the old King’s Norton Union Workhouse which was built in around 1872 to consolidate existing services for 5 separate parishes. Originally the Hospital was built to accommodate 200 pauper inmates. In 1897 a separate infirmary opened at the site at a cost of £52,000 and was designed by Mr. Daniel Arkell. This infirmary was made to accommodate a further 250 patients and had basic facilities to cater for maternity care but there were no operating theatres or a mortuary at this point. In 1907 the Hospital doubled in size again with further additional buildings being added due to rising populations within the workhouse and increased demand placed upon the infirmary. Over the next two decades facilities further improved with the addition of an operating theatre, plastering of internal walls, and the introduction of physiotherapy, pathological and X-ray services. The Hospital continued to grow with 1931-1936 saw the addition of yet more operating theatres, pathology and biochemistry laboratories and the mortuary. When the NHS was formed the site became known as a whole as Selly Oak Hospital until its final closure in 2012. The reason for the hospital closure was due to the completion of a new Q.E.Hospital which is much larger and offers many more modern facilities. Since 2012 the hospital buildings have stood empty and are in an increasingly derelict state. The abandoned site has seen most of its contents removed and some damage due to metal thieves which temporarily set up camp on the site. In terms of the future of this location, planning permission has been provisionally granted for the construction of 650 homes on the site which means the hospital buildings will most likely be demolished. I am not aware that any works have started on the site at the date of posting this report. Visited with spidermonkey and Andy de Kay. Those two had previously done other parts of the hospital but not managed to locate the morgue and find the access point so We decided to have another look and see if we could pin down where the mortuary was. Fortunately Andy managed to spot the place based on looking at some internal pictures someone else had posted which gave us a couple of clues and after several minute checking the place we found our way inside… I’d already seen pictures of this morgue popping up and was quite keen to check it out. St Peters Mortuary aka Morgue P had always been a favourite of mine and this one was similar in some respects with the 3 metal slabs but lacking the same level of decay. There was something quite appealing about the polished metal slabs and I was pretty pleased with the set up and how the shots came out . As well as the obvious slabs there were ample number of body fridges, a small chapel (which I did not find inspiring enough to shoot) and some laboratories upstairs. The labs had a pretty cool feel to them with some peeling paint and bits of decay starting to set in, it’s shocking really to see how quickly these places decline once they become abandoned. I hope you enjoy the photos: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Thanks for checking out the report, higher resolition copies of the above photos and a few more from this place on my blog: Selly Oak Hospital Morgue
  20. Very little information about the abandoned Villa Beethoven on the internet. All I could find out ws that it was originally owned by a wealthy family and when the mother passed away the inheritance was fought over by the children which resulted in the house being sold to a developer. Plans to renovate the property stalled and the house sits empty… Visited with Lowri, Matt and Andy de Kay. Not the most inspiring of locations that I have visited, sadly the pool was pretty heavily graffitied and the rest of the place was very stripped and vandalised. the saving grace was a nice spiral staircase leading upstairs from the pool area. I imagine it would have been a lovely home in its prime but now it is left rotting away. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Thanks for checking out the report, higher resolition copies of the above photos and a few more from this place on my blog: Villa Beethoven
  21. Moseley Road Baths, located in Birmingham, opened in 1907 and still operates to this day. Very little has been done to alter the layout of the building which means that almost all the original features remain including the private wash baths or ‘slipper’ baths which date to the pre-war era. The building now benefits from Grade II* listed status and is one of only 3 remaining operational baths of its kind in the UK. The 46 Slipper baths, whilst still present at the premises, are no longer in use and the Gala pool also had to close in 2003 due to safety reasons. Complete with a 3 sided spectators gallery the Gala pool was the primary reason for our visit to the baths but we were also fortunate to see the original 45,000 gallon cast iron cold water storage tank in the loft space and one of the only surviving steam-heated drying racks in a British swimming baths. In 2007 The building featured in the Victorian Society’s ten most at risk buildings in Britain and it is expected that without intervention, the Birmingham Council will close the building completely by January 2016. Despite the closure of the Gala pool, Pool 2 is still used frequently but the local community and nearby schools and I can confirm it appeared to be quite busy during our visit. Visited with Baron, Lowri, Katie and David. Thanks to Baron I think who arranged the visit! We had about 40 minutes to an hour shooting the main pool before being taken upstairs to see the Steam racks and the water storage tanks. The pool was great, loads of original features but shame about the scaffolding which had been put in place to prevent any further movement of the pool and balconies. The steam drying racks were really cool, I had come across some elsewhere but these were in such good condition and according to the staff at the baths still functional despite no longer being in use. The water storage tank was huge, the construction of it was really quite something and given its age it was in remarkably good condition. Again this feature is no longer in use but holds great historical value in respect of the technology used to run a place like this back in the early 1900’s. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Thanks for checking out the report, higher resolution copies of the above photos and a few more from this place on my blog: Moseley Road Baths
  22. Visited this abandoned Psychiatric Hospital in Germany with Bram, Lowri, Matt and Andy de Kay. Very little information about this place. After more than a couple of fails and bails Bram thankfully saved our asses and pulled through with this location. A building within a large complex of other buildings some of which were live forming a big psychiatric hospital. The Building we explored was quite a modern addition to the site and this was both clear internally and externally. The power was still on in most parts and allowed us to illuminate the X-ray viewers and a couple of the darker corridors. There were a few bits of contents left behind including a significant amount of patient records which suggests that the building may not have been closed very long. Decay was setting in within some rooms and signs of damp were evident. It looks like some other buildings on the site have also closed and I expect the site is in the process of slowly shutting down completely… Maybe one to revisit 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Thanks for checking out the report, higher resolition copies of the above photos and a few more from this place on my blog: A German Psychiatric Hospital
  23. The now abandoned Ford Transit Van Factory near Southampton has some real history to it. The Factory was initially built as a shadow factory in 1939 near to Southampton Airport and was originally used to produce aircraft parts. In particular the factory, during World War II made components for the Supermarine Spitfire and later was used to assemble the aircraft. As a result it was bombed on several occasions by the Nazi Luftwaffe. After the war, in 1947 the factory was purchased by Briggs Motor Bodies who supplied bodies for Ford Motor Vehicles in the UK. The firm was later bought out by Ford in 1953 who then gained control of the 60,000m2 factory. Production then concentrated upon manufacturing truck bodies to be assembled elsewhere. 1965 the first Transit Van bodies produced in Britain were built at the site and shipped to Langley, Berkshire to be added to the chassis. The Factory saw a huge £5,000,000 investment in 1972 which gave the site the ability to produce the whole Transit Van at the site and at its peak the Factory had 4,500 works employed. In 2002 Ford ceased productions of all of their vehicles except the Transit Van in the UK which left the Southampton factory as the only remaining Ford vehicle producer in the UK. In 2009 as the 6,000,000th Transit Van rolled off the production line the new Ford plant in Turkey came online which resulted in huge staff cuts at the Southampton factory reducing the work force to only 500 employees. Production was gradually phased out from 2011 when Ford announced they were moving part of the production line of Vehicle to Turkey on a permanent basis and in October 2012 it was announced that the Southampton Ford Transit Van factory would close the following year. On the 25th July 2013 the last Transit Van and last Ford Vehicle in the UK was created here Visited with Spider Monkey and Andy de Kay. A pretty intense visit this one was we were joined half way through by an unidentified man casually wondering around the place. Not sure to this day if the guy was security but was made that assumption and proceed with cation. Lets take a step back, It was New Years Day morning, we had just failed miserably in attempting to photograph the fireworks from an undisclosed London Rooftop and a little disappointed about having to catch them from ground level after being ejected by security. A little deflated we thought we’d have a crack at the Transit Van factory hoping it would be quiet. Once inside we had a wonder around and assumed we had the place to ourselves, a couple of hours shooting in the massive factory illuminated by the artificial lighting that was dotted around the place we moved on to the main production line. After snapping a few shots of the awesome Kuka robots we all froze as the main lights to the factory all lit up around us! We dashed to cover behind some control panels and listened as someone casually walked up and down the factory floor… Not content with our hiding place and after a few minutes of silence we moved on in the opposite direction that we had last heard the man. We carried on shooting and made our way onto the upper platform of the production line just in time to see the man again slowly pacing p and down the factory floor. He still hadn’t seen us . We silently made our way up the conveyor which was used to carry body panels up towards the canteen area well out of the mans way. After a short time up there we decided it might be best to make an exit. Other than the area which the man was persistently wondering around we had covered the majority of the main building so we made our Ninja exit without being noticed. Great success and a fun explore. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Higher res copies of the above photos and more images on my website here: Ford Transit Van Factory
  24. A little best of video from 2014 and below that, the first draft which I lost due to a hard drive failure so Final Edit: First Draft: All my videos are over on my Youtube Channel: Proj3ctm4yh3m
  25. 1. History This abandoned grand neo-renaissance styled Mansion was originally a residential dwelling but from the mid 1980’s became a care facility and later a retirement home for the elderly and was linked to the nearby church organisations. Villa Woodstock as this place is most commonly known, was apparently set for demolition before a private investor stepped in to repurpose the old building. I was unable to find much information about the original owners of the property but it was clear from our visit that the majority of the features of the building have been left in-situ with the bulk of the care facilities being added at the rear of the property in much more modern extensions. Inside there is a spacious entrance hallway which leads on to a 2 story skylight topped hallway which is surrounded with a gallery decorated with wrought-iron handrails. My Favourite area to shoot however was the dining room complete with wooden walls and wood covered ceilings. The original serving cabinets were still there and in excellent condition and the adjoining room had an old upright Piano which I am unsure as to whether this was added by the investor who converted the place or another original feature. The future of the place is another uncertainty. From what I can establish the building has received heritage status from the local authority, but it has clearly sat empty for quite some time and is starting to show signs of decay in some of the room. Fortunately, the neighbours are known to keep a very close eye on the place and, as a result, the building has remained free from vandalism. Our Visit Visited with Matt ‘Kriegaffe 9′ Hampshire, Andy de Kay of Behind Closed Doors and Lowri Bate, this was the first spot on a little getaway to Germany which turned out not to be quite as fruitful as we had hoped! We arrived early, got in under the cover of darkness and before it came light we were greeted by some other explorers and decided to split off into 2 groups to cover the place. I started downstairs in the dining room but sadly didn’t spend long there as I expected to come back to this room once it got a little lighter. After shooting the Skylight in the Hall, I made my way upstairs to shoot from the Gallery. It wasn’t long after this that Police showed up and the visit was cut short . I’d certainly like to revisit this one, despite most of the contents being removed some of the architectural features alone would be enough to make me revisit and I could spend a few hours shooting the detail in that dining room woodwork! I hope this place gets saved before its too late. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Sorry there arent too many more shots from here, we had to cut it short . Couple more on my blog and higher res copies of the ones above: Villa Woodstock