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The Explore A nice local one for this... nothing out of the ordinary on this explore really.. most of the building has been gutted but the dome alone made it worth the visit The History Sanofi's operations in the UK are aligned with the priorities of the NHS, and have for over 40 years been integral to our global success. Although the global headquarters are in Paris, in the UK they employ over 2,000 across the Group. With major products for diabetes, oncology, cardiovascular diseases, thrombosis and central nervous system disorders, providing effective healthcare solutions for patients all over the world. In August 2011, Bluemantle gained permission to transform the 30-acre former site of pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Aventis into a retail and leisure complex, which included the plans for the homes. The massive plans also include a convenience store, pub, restaurant, 40-bed hotel, offices, a medical facility, care home and childrens day centre. A housing developer has bought the land on the former Fisons site in Holmes Chapel in a Ã‚Â£13 million deal. The deal for the 20-acre residential site on London Road, which will see the creation of 231 homes in the village. Bellway will build the homes on the site and has submitted a reserved matters application. Building work is due to start later this year, while Bluemantle has retained ownership of the remaining 10 acres.
So after a night in a Stoke Hotel, the car was thankfully still there... Me and Ben went on our way to the next site. I hadnâ€™t actually heard of this one but instantly recognised it when I looked UP! Iâ€™d been wondering where that photo had been taken! The lovely but derped admin block is all thatâ€™s left of the Fisons/Sanofi-Aventi Pharmaceutical Research Site in Holmes Chapel. Bengers opened the site in 1937, then Fisons researched the drug Intal on site after Fisons took over in the 60s. The site was closed around 2004 when Sanofi-Aventi bought the site and built a shiny new place next door. The site was sold for Â£13,000,000 in 2012 and plans for Homes and a Shopping Park have not progressed. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157652304848818
The next stop north on the big roadtrip was this little spot. It was originally a Fisons Pharmaceutical Research site before being taken over by Sanofi Aventis who own the new very big very live factory next door. All of the adjacent old site has been demolished except the big art deco admin building which is mostly stripped but with one wonderful staircase/glass dome in the middle which makes it worth the visit. Little signs remain of it's former usage and identity other than a few rolls of old Fisons tape and some big metal letters. After waiting what seemed like an age for a National Grid van sat right in front of the access point to bugger off we were in. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157652606216272