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  1. The Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow is due to shut this year due to the opening of the new Southern General Hospital. I was wondering if anyone knew how it takes them to fully secca these places up, and if I'd have a chance to get a wee mooch around?
  2. The Hospital was founded in 1831 & by 1929 special feature available included Turkish, Russian & medicated baths & electro-medical department. The Infirmary was also approved for the treatment of Veneral Diseases The New Road Campus has been home to it"s various named College incarnations since the 1967 when the College paid £105,000 for the site. New buildings were opened in 1967 with the main block being opened in 1971. By 1978 they were 8,000 Students attending the college. The site which now consists of 10 linked buildings totaling 342,000 sq/ft over a 6.1 Acre site, which includes the original Grade 2 listed Hospital buildings, with it"s impressive original sandstone columns identical to those on the nearby Railway Station. With the statue of Edward the VII now looking over the car park. The College has recently moved into a new purpose build waterfront development for £60M which will welcome @20K Students. The old site has been purchased by Oldham based Wiggett Construction Company for an undisclosed sum Suggestions for the site include a Supermarket, a Care or Medical Centre, with the final potion un-allocated. The local Lidl has confirmed it will move to the new location from it"s local site. The area is not a place i frequent often. I find it too much like Bradford, all doom & gloom & full of Druggies who ironically, had curtailed my first trip prematurely when i"d previously recce"d this place in the Summer . I"d completely forgotten about the place, so thanks go too @albino-jay for bringing this location back into the limelight, with his quality recent night-time report And thanks for the pointers mate Called down one typically Yorkshire gloomy day for a recce & met up with @The Amateur Wanderer later on & decided to return on another much more gloomy freezing & wet day (nice too meet up again mate had some laughs & frights along the way The site itself is vast combining old & new construction techniques & buildings, so one minute you"re inside a modern day facility the next you"ve stepped back in time. The only thing they both share is the fact they"ve been well trashed. It looks like the Metal Fairies have been very busy over the last 3 years & is very reminiscent of DRI / Clayton Hospital with added Razor Wire on top. But has lots of hidden nooks & crannies to keep you occupied for a few hours at the least. I should mention that lots of rooms etc have been modified for Filming purposes from what we could ascertain, paint schemes similar to smoke & soot damage over the walls and curtains and strategic placed old beds & equipment .....which obviously been strategically re-positioned lol As always, thanks for looking ] Merry Xmas
  3. Hi all, First post on this forum, start off with something simple. The DRI, alot of people have visited this place and it caused alot of drama, but it was on my list for a while. Some history for you. Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (DRI) was established in 1810 on land formerly part of Derby's Castlefield estate on land near what is now Bradshaw Way and the A6 London Road. It was known as the Derbyshire General Infirmary at the time. In 1890 a Typhoid outbreak sweeped through the hospital, and the buildings design was blamed. The hospital is entirely demolished, a year later Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of what would become Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. The neo-Jacobean building was completed in 1894, and its main features were its 'Onion' shaped domed towers and its central corridor which ran the length of the hospital. The hospital was expanded at several points in the 20th century, the most visible being the still used Wilderslowe Tower and the now disused A+E building built in 1970. The DRI as a result is an architectural mish-mash with the original hospital at its heart. Buildings aside, the DRI was a pioneering hospital, the UK's first Flying Squad was set up here in 1955, in 1976 George Cohrane set up the first National Demonstration Centre for Rehabilitation and in 1992 the Pulvertaft Hand Centre was opened by the Queen, her grandson William was sent here seven years later following a rugby injury. In the late 90s, the NHS Trust's for each hospital in Derby merged, and drew up a dramatic plan to consolidate the services of both hospital's on one site. The so called 'super hospital', soon to be known as the Derby Royal Hospital is one of the largest in the region. There are no official plans to redevelop the now redundant Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, the land is covered by a large regeneration plan which will expand Derby's city centre southwards into what is known as Castleward. The 1987 built part of the hospital shall continue to provide medical care, providing the services of the closed Aston Hall and Grove Hospital's south of Derby. The vist. I've wanted to get into this place for months, with many attempts and fails. But I finally managed to get in. I soon became aware of the pure amount of workers on site demolishing many of the out buildings slowly but surely. I stayed in one of the first buildings, I'm not sure which part of the hospital this was, be great if someone could tell me? But I enjoyed the look around. 4 Floors and each have their own character and story. It's just such a shame a big beautiful place has to be knocked down for something completely useless. Onwards and upwards I suppose. Hope you enjoy. http://i1300.photobucket.com/albums/ag89/arron13/IMG_2402_zpszbbmtji5.jpg' alt='IMG_2402_zpszbbmtji5.jpg'> Thanks for looking:cool:
  4. It's been a long while since I dug something out of my extensive archive of sites for people to see, and I'm in a sharing mood today. The Radcliffe Infirmary was constructed in 1770 and extensively modified and extended throughout it's lifespan with the huge site finally closing in 2007. It was built in memory of one of Oxford's most famous and wealthy residents, John Radcliffe. When he died he bequeathed that his wealth should be used to build what is now one of the most famous buildings not just in Oxford but in the country - The Radcliffe Camera - but it turned out that there was so much money left over after construction of that finished they were able to build an entire hospital in his name as well. John Radcliffe's name is still attached to the famous, huge hospital located in Headington in Oxford to this day. I wish I had been able to see the whole site before the demolition started, sadly back in 2007/2008 I was but a wee armchair explorer. Fast-forward to 2010 and I finally managed to see what was left - by this time all but the two oldest wings and the chapel had been raized to the ground. All the buildings left are graded II or higher, and the fountain out the front of the main wing is listed in it's own right as well. Nowadays in 2014, the majority of the site has been redeveloped, the front wing was recently completed and I have to say looks absolutely amazing, and the wing to the side has recently had conversion work begin on it. Visited on a gloriously sunny day in the late spring of 2010 with TBM and another matey. My photos suck major balls because they were all taken on my ancient point and shoot. More here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157623797588965/
  5. Been here before but got invited by another 2 local explorers who fancied a look. Can't say i noticed if anything has changed, well apart from equipment left behind by metal thieves, must of been classy guys stealing metal from an old children's ward... Suprised threre's anything left worth stealing but apparently there is. Oh and they've started building something (another house i presume) on the grounds in front of whats left of the place. It's pretty bare & not as good as some of the other hospitals but still an enjoyable wander. Access was a little bit tedious, waiting for a moment when there was no one walking past & no drivers that would see us, after a bit of patience we were in. History, Most of the hospital has been demolished & in the process of being replaced with houses, only the war memorial wing remains. Construction of the war memorial wing started in 1924 and was completed in 1928. It was designed to "provide an imposing frontage and statement building to greet any traveller entering Blackburn along the Bolton Road to the south east." It was designed by local architects Sames and Green. Chair Shot... Like the graff in here as well, it's only stencils but i think they're cool... Basement...
  6. Me at the most amazing corridor in the DRI (part that I managed to explore). In my brief urbex life I have to experience a wide range of feelings. There have been moments where I felt totally happy, lost in wonder, complete, mesmerized and son, as well as scared, stressed, tired, annoyed. Strangely enough I have never felt bored, yet. What I keep from my visit at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary on the first weekend of March 2014 is a surreal mixed feeling of absolute excitement and utter disappointment. And as the writer that I claim to be (among other things), I will keep the reason why hidden until the very end of this report. So, as always, a little piece of history taken from Wikipedia. The London Road Community Hospital, (formerly Derbyshire Royal Infirmary), is a hospital in Derby, part of the Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is based in the city centre. The other main hospital in Derby is the Royal Derby Hospital. During the year that he was Mayor of Derby, Sir Alfred Seale Haslam managed to replace the old William Strutt Infirmary with the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. In 1890 there had been an outbreak of disease at the old infirmary and Sir William Evans, President of the Infirmary arranged a three day inspection which condemned the old building. When Queen Victoria came to open the new hospital on 21 May 1891 she knighted Haslam for his services and gave permission for the term "Royal" to be used. There, not much and I have to admit I didn't spend hours researching so I apologize. This explore came to be as part of a meetup organized through IG with several people. All in all, there were 14 of us and I think none of us had ever gone exploring with such a big group. People behind planning this were confident the DRI would be more than capable to accommodate and boy were they right. Despite a recent report in the "BOOOO" Daily Mail by a "BOOOOOO" guy (I dare not call him an explorer) who sold his pics (time and time again) for shameless self-promotion disregarding what this sort of publicity may do to all explorers, we arrived in the city of Derby all confident and after parking at the nearby mall, this band of explorers, armed with cameras and tripods made the less than 5' walk to the side entrance of the DRI. Getting in was easy, one of the easiest so far. Didn't even have to lift my leg. Initially I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the buildings as the first thing I saw was the nurses' block, a humongous and ugly building, surrounded by many more smaller ones. My thought was "how the hell are we going to see everything?". However, we kept moving further in the complex as Tom who had been there the week before kept the group going towards the actual hospital building. Not sure if there was a way up the rooms and what one can find there, Tom said there is nothing there if I remember correctly, and despite my enormous, innate curiosity, I stuck with the group. So if any of you has been up the nurses' block, please let me know about what you found. A few more steps forward and we saw the hospital building. The moment we got in I felt as if I was in Disneyland, where you just want to go everywhere and see everything but your mom keeps you tight by the hand and you just have to go with your parents' own pace. But no parents now so without thinking much (I have to admit) I rushed for the first sign of stairs I found and soon found myself separated from the group (though I've had some random encounters with 2 other pairs of explorers who looked totally out of place). DRI is HUGE. Ok, I haven't been to that many sites yet and I am sure there are REALLY huge places, but this one felt really big. I spent 4 hours there and for the most part I saw no-one, heard no-one. But DRI was/is in not that bad state for the most part. The decay is obvious but not extreme, so in a sense I felt more like a kid entering some old place (not necessarily abandoned), rather than an urban explorer. Nothing negative about that feeling, just pointing out the fact that DRI at times and certain bits felt as if I was at a working place on a Sunday (well it was a Sunday after all...hmmmm). I am not the best person to report on the uber cool findings at the DRI. Later that day when the group got together I realized I had missed some really interesting bits and pieces, still what I got out of my visit was CORRIDORS and ROOFTOPS! It's amazing how a month later and several explores later, I can recount what I did step by step though I won't bore you with it all. I will keep it brief. So, corridors, like any hospital that respects itself, the DRI had plenty and even though they were not the kind of decayed corridors/hallways one finds in the old asylums and hospitals, they had a rather unique feeling of desolation that the former sites never give me. I found that a more recent (and modern) derelict place makes me feel more on my toes than the really old ones that are in total decay (like Birkwood). The awesome elevator. Where is the spin class? Another thing I enjoyed in the DRI was fire extinguishers. I saw at least 30 and at some point had some intimate role-playing with a few (why not?). Moments before I got down and dirty with the fire extinguishers. Lots of points in creepiness I have to award at the children's wing. Most parts were pitch-black and using a torch to navigate myself I often would find myself looking at disney characters. Like I always say with my brother, it's amazing how grownups have associated anything relating to children and childhood as creepy when encountered in abandonment. Run Peter! Run! The scariest (?!) bit was the operating theaters that were pitch-black and while in there using a torch and my camera's flash to document the place, the thought of all those people who would have died in these rooms came into my head and yes, it was quite unpleasant. I have no problem with morgues, dead animals etc. because they are dead already. But the thought of suffering and pain really gets to me. Can you hear the squeaky noise? One of the corridors outside the ORs. Another corridor that really needs alterations. Yet another corridor. Ha! You were expecting a corridor. At some point I found a large staircase that looked like one you would find at a huge parking lot (no paint job done, like it was just finished) and there was a strong breeze coming from the top so immediately I thought "ROOFTOP". I marked the spot to come back later because I just love rooftops. However, I was not to come back to that bit, but actually got on the rooftops through a different route. While at the X-Rays I saw light coming through a hole on a wall and sticking my head I saw the cafeteria. That was actually quite funny. Peek-a-boo. I soon found myself in the cafeteria which can only be described as the playground of people who suck at set-ups. The floors were covered with all sorts of pasta, a table was covered in dozens of keys, some xmas ornaments were laying somewhere, broken windows all over, and, of course, fire extinguishers. As I always like to do I tried to picture this place back in the day where it would be filled with people. Too much Grey's Anatomy though made me start thinking of love quarrels and I snapped out of it moving on to the rooms at the back where I found all sorts of things, like old photos of the cafeteria with people who probably were the staff, a ledger with names and sums of money taken out of the (now empty of course) vault, a sex and the city dvd and huge cans of red beans still good and sealed but thank God I am not at that point yet. The cafeteria. That would have been quite useful actually. Photos at the cafeteria back rooms. And then I found a room where outside the broken window I saw a metal ladder leading to the rooftop. No second thought. Not minding the sharp shards of glass I climbed out and finally realized why I have been going to the gym as I had to literally pull my entire body (all 195 lbs) up a ladder whose bottom was shut tight in order to keep people from climbing. But I did and I just loved being up there on the roof. I think I could have stayed up there for hours just enjoying the moment. But it was getting late and I realized I really needed to find the rest of the group. Me being cocky on the first level of the rooftops. Higher and higher. Now I tell you, getting back to where I started was not easy. After initially getting lost, I managed to get back to the starting point and the group. It turned out the DRI had some quite risky bits as one of us managed to fall through a floor and now has all the nice scars (actually a hole) to prove it. After stepping outside we moved to the other buildings and as we entered one, I, again, managed to find myself separated from the rest of the group. Maybe it's an inner calling to keep people out of my shots. However, I found myself at the nursery and that was WICKED! You all have experienced that sense of "why did they leave all these things behind???" on several occasions. Well that was me at the nursery and ok, I get it, you are not going to take ALL the childrens' painting and whatnots from the boards and walls of the classrooms, you will not clear out medicine etc, and yes, the occasional red child's jacket will be left behind to creep you out, but why for the love of me they left all the photos of little kids behind is beyond me. I don't know maybe I am weird but I would hate my kid's photo being left in a derelict building, let alone think about who might get in and get his hands on these. One of the classrooms. "The red jacket" A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. This was right next to the nursery. If anybody can enlighten me with what this actually does I would be grateful. After that, we stepped back out where a few of us had just encountered a secca who informed them that they would be demolishing the place starting next week. I believe the DRI is still there standing. If anybody knows anything let me know. I would love to get back to it one day as getting there is so darn easy. So why the negative feelings about my experience? Because I saw just a 15%-20% max of the entire complex and building. There is nothing more frustrating then closed shut doors and bricked windows, giving you that feeling of "AAARGH I NEED to see what is behind all this!". But far more annoying than that is actually being in a site that you fall in love with more and more by each passing minute and then running out of time. However, I have no regrets. Maybe I am stupid, maybe I am too arrogant for my own good, but show me a locked door and tell me that there is nothing of interest behind it, I will still get inside. I just NEED to see with my own eyes, therefore I feel I will always be running out of time. I need to open every door, lift every trapdoor, climb every ladder. Explore everything. PS. I apologize for the length and most probably boring details.
  7. Hey, as DRI seems popular at the moment, I thought why not. Photos are from a series of visits, so things have moved, been more damaged or just changed. This is relfected in the photos, as the microscopes move every time I've been. I'll skip the histoty and say sorry in advance for the large number of photos! Enjoy!
  8. Visited with a non OS forum member as part of an organised meet on another well known UE forum. Met a few other small groups on the way round and the local kids that use the place for hanging out and skating were ever present in the grounds. Not being the most agile person these days I managed to take home a good deal of bruises from several comedy entrances and exits. Not really the most subtle of entries on a busy Saturday afternoon but fun all the same. This was my first hospital explore and probably the most modern of all the places I've visited so far so I wasn't too sure on whether I was going to enjoy it or not as I tend to prefer places a bit more industrial. That said I really enjoyed this even though parts are absolutely trashed while other parts don't seem to have been touched. There's a good deal of old and new to keep anyone happy. Didn't cover half the site I wanted to so will be taking another trip back sometime soon. History The Derby Royal Infirmary was built on the site of the city's first hospital, the Derbyshire General Infirmary, built between 1806 and 1810. During the year that he was Mayor of Derby, Sir Alfred Seale Haslam managed to replace the old William Strutt Infirmary with the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. In 1890 there had been an outbreak of disease at the old infirmary and Sir William Evans, President of the Infirmary arranged a three day inspection which condemned the old building. When Queen Victoria came to open the new hospital on 21 May 1891 she knighted Haslam for his services and gave permission for the term "Royal" to be used. The hospital started to transfer it's services in 2009 to a new hospital built on the other side of the city now known as the Royal Derby Hospital. The latest scheme to transform the former hospital has been put forward by housing firm UK Regeneration (UKR) who wants to build 300 much-needed homes for rent on eight acres of land between London Road and Osmaston Road that it will buy from Derby Hospitals NHS Trust. UKR says it intends to retain the iconic towers that formed the end of two of the Royal Infirmary's early-1900s wards and the trust has confirmed that statues of Florence Nightingale and Queen Victoria on the site will be retained. The DRI also has a link to celebrated nurse Florence Nightingale. The nurse, who was born in Florence, Italy, but was mainly raised in Derbyshire, is most famous for her role treating the wounded during the Crimean War, imposing high standards of hygiene on makeshift wards. But she also had a role advising on the redevelopment of the Derbyshire General Infirmary in the 1860s. That led to the famous nurse, dubbed The Lady of the Lamp, being immortalised by a statue there. The whole development site has now been named the Nightingale Quarter in her honour. On with the photos... 1. Dishwashing equipment in the kitchens of the main building. 2. Fire Alarm Plan 3. Main Corridoor 4. Drains and Underground Walkways 5. Glass Flasks and other equipment 6. Microscopes 7. Pathology - completely trashed 8. Biochemsitry 9. Blood Fridge and Lab 10. One of the two 1900 towers 11. X-Ray Room 12. Barnums - Childrens Ward 13. Lift Cage 14. Perjury Saint woz 'ere ? 15. Bedside Lamps 16. LInen Cupboards 17. Pipework in the Attic - pitch black up here and thanks to the person that left a fresh Mr Whippy that I narrowly missed standing in ! 18. Old Medical Journals and Books 19. Old Signage Thanks for looking - full set here
  9. 2013: This is almost totally converted for the university, much has changed here in the last few years. 2010: What an awesome day! Went with True British Metal and my friend Ben. Ground floor was a bit trashed, and contractors are in and out all day, so we went at night! Hence the varied light shots. Founded in 1770, The Radcliffe hospital was built right in the heart of Oxford, as the first hospital in the city. The hospital was named after the Physician John Radcliffe. Penicillin was tested here in 1941, and the hospital was acquired in 2003 by the nearby university, closing its doors for the last time in 2007. Mostly the site is demolished bar this listed bit. The site is supposedly haunted, we did hear noises coming from the corridors at one point, like footsteps at around 9pm. I dont beleive all that, but you never know. What an awesome day out! More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157623867315750/
  10. ...Derby Infirmary... I found myself flying 'solo' for this one, NK being indisposed due to work! (Boo!) Pulled up armed with a detailed access plan (Cheers Shush) and was immediately spotted by secca... Curses!! Well, I aint giving up that easy! So set about finding a different access point, which I did... YAY!! Right, on with some piccies... ​Cheers for lookin' in...
  11. Bored Saturday afternoon, I got an MSN off JustJay, "what are you up to??" "Nothing" I replied, "where do you suggest?" "Carmarthen Hospital" came the reply. That was it, I gave Hood_mad a ring and we were off down west. Present here were JustJay, Jays mate, Hood_mad & me. The Victorian former infirmary in Carmarthen, built in 1858 – described as one of the few remaining examples in existence – has fallen into disrepair since it was last used by the NHS in 1996. The Grade II listed building was purpose-built in 1858 and paid for by public subscription. It was designed by William Wesley Jenkins, an architect whose family were well connected with the town. William Wesley Jenkins is considered to be a son of Carmarthen. He was very active in the town from the 1840s to 1850s and the development of a hospital put it ahead of other towns in South Wales and showed how advanced its society was. There's a small list of Staff / patients here. http://www.institutions.org.uk/hospitals/wales/CMN/carmarthen_infirmary_1871.htm Access is a little difficult, especially in a crowded town centre on a Saturday afternoon but we were quickly in, nothing broken. Once inside, there were many things to see. List on the back of a door. ????????? Switchwork. Pipework. I hesitate on mentioning this, but there were loads of records hanging about, these were x-rays of patients. Fantastic switch / relay panel. Tiny doorway next to the lift, which led to a few small rooms. One of the rooms was sealed with no doors, the only entrance was a hole in the wall. We then made our way tentatively upstairs using the stairs which had seen better days, I say seen, it barely remembers them. As we were walking up, the stairs were actually moving away from the mountings. The "Clinicmatic" The floors were in great condition. In-situ shower / bath. The "Atrium". Fire alarm in good condition. Alarm panel. Bed / materials bench. Broadcast unit, X-ray screen. On the top floor, there's a hatch which leads to the workings for the lift. Large extraction vent in one of the rooms. Beds with corrugated sheets as bases?? 240 / 415 outlets, Ventilation. Sash weights. With the price of scrap as it is at the moment, I reckon these won't be there long. As we were talking outside, this old guy scared the life out of me!!! Cheers for taking your time to trawl through my pics. J.