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This tower closed alongside the rest of the site for redevelopment in May of this year. The entire place was gutted when I looked through the building unfortunately and they were/are in the process of bringing the tower down, level by level. Had my eye on it for awhile and was keeping tabs, The_Raw brought it to my attention again when some new access points became available, went up there with him and 2 non members early one morning. First crane I've been up top of. c: Only made it about half way out on this section. Cab absolutely stunk of sweat and aftershave, eyuk. A lot of fun for me. Thanks for looking.
2013: What a pug ugly, nasty, soulless place. This was flattened in 2011 and is now a shiny new care home 2010: Built by and originally owned by the council; this Ã¢â‚¬Å“Home for Older PeopleÃ¢â‚¬Â was constructed and opened in the 1970Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s, and was home to older people. The site closed down in summer 2009 relocating its staff and residents to the new care home in Wing on June 15th. The council sold the site to The Fremantle Trust who still own the land and plan to demolish the existing building, and build a new care home on the plot. The Elms provided accommodation for 56 elderly people, split into 5 different living groups. Each resident has their own bedroom, and each group has its own dining area and living area. These groups included: EMI (Elderly and Mentally Infirm) AKA Specialist Dementia Care Facilities. The home is set in Elmhurst, a densely populated area of Aylesbury. The building is not very inspiring, and fairly demeaning. I would not like to have spent my last years here. The site is currently used by the fire brigade as training ground. It is rumoured the building is subsiding, and has structural defects, as some of it is held up with recently installed joists. Site is very fresh, some toilets still have a cistern of water in, and though a lot of features are stripped and in a skip, a lot of them still remain, including a bag of potatoes! When I went back, we heard voices in the building, so left, only to find the fire brigade in the car park! They must have arrived just after us. I had pretty much all the photos I needed, so we left! The site was closed due to structural defects, and due to the fact that the law governing living standards for care homes was amended, meaning that every single residential room should have an en-suite bathroom and the room needed to be of an acceptable size. It would have crippled Fremantle to do this, so this home was closed. More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157623348766752/