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  1. History Kelenföld Power Plant is located in Budapest and was originally established in 1914, in conjunction with Hungary's electrification program. It was known as one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced throughout Europe and supplied electricity to the entire capital. The site itself featured the first boiler house as an electrical supply building in the city. Between 1922 and 1943 the plant underwent two extension phases which introduced 19 modernised steam boilers and 8 turbines. These were operated at 38 bar steam pressure and transferred the increasing demand for electricity through 30 kV direct consumer cables. The equipment used was considered state of the art at the current time and was all produced by Hungarian manufacturers. By the 1930s the facility contributed to 60% of Budapest's heating and hot water which made up 4% of the country's overall energy supply. The infamous Art Deco control room, also known as 'Special K' was completed in 1927, after two years of construction. Designed by notable architects Kálmán Reichl and Virgil Borbíro, because of this, it's listed as a protected site under Hungarian law and cannot be restored or destroyed. The Kelenföld control room is widely acclaimed as one of the most stunning monuments of industrial art. It uniquely explores the boundaries between functionality and grandeur, featuring a decorative oval skylight alongside the retro style green panels, hosting a range of buttons, dials, and gauges. Once the Second World War had begun, a small concrete shelter was added for the employees. This was due to the ornate glass ceiling, as it was considered to be a target during the bombing raids in the city. By 1962 the plant was modernised again with accordance to the heat supply demands of the capital. The existing condensing technology was replaced with back pressure heating turbines and hot water boilers. This increased reliability, as coal was steadily becoming more outdated and inefficient. In 1972 gas turbines with a capacity of 32 MWe were integrated into the plant and were the first to be put into operation throughout Hungary. In 1995 another redevelopment phase was initiated which provided the power station with a heat recovery steam generator and later on in 2007 a water treatment plant was established. The control room itself was closed in 2005, since then it has been featured in a few well-known films such as the Chernobyl Diaries and World War Z. Other areas of the site remain active through private ownership, with buildings still providing power to Budapest. Our Visit We arrived in Budapest feeling cautiously optimistic, we had other locations on our agenda for the weekend but Kelenföld was a significant reason for our visit. It's something I've wanted to see since I started exploring a couple of years ago and failure was not an option for us. We had 3 days and therefore 3 attempts (at the minimum) to access it. Fortunately for us, we managed to get in the first time around and we couldn't have really asked for a better way to kick off the trip. Once we made it inside the plant we found ourselves lost in a maze of locked doors and sealed off sections. Understandably they wanted to make it as difficult to get into the control room as possible. Whilst searching we heard the familiar sound of nearby footsteps and radio so we quickly found a decent spot to hide. "We have to keep moving, if we stay here we'll get busted," I said to my exploring partner, after a handful of excruciating minutes, listening to them steadily get closer and so we pressed on. Without giving too much away we managed to find our way to the main spectacle and were instantly blown away by it's immense beauty. So without further ado, onto the photos! Unfortunately, with the security guard on the hunt for us we decided to bounce before getting caught ((more so my other half than myself.) As much as I would have loved to stay, I didn't argue. Means we have an excuse to go back! As always if you've got this far, hope you enjoyed reading my report
  2. Located In Columbus Ohio. Very popular urbex place.
  3. How to post a report using Flickr Flickr seems to change every time the wind changes direction so here's a quick guide on how to use it to post a report... Step 1 - Explore and take pictures Step 2 - Upload your chosen pictures to Flickr like this.. Step 3 - Once your images are successfully uploaded to flickr choose a category for the location that you have visited... Step 4 - Then "Start New Topic".. You will then see this screen... Step 5 - Now you are ready to add the image "links", known as "BBcodes", which allow your images to display correctly on forums.. Step 6 - Then click "select" followed by "view on photo page".. Now select "Share" shown below.. Step 7-13 - You will then see this screen... Just repeat those steps for each image until you're happy with your report and click "submit topic"! You can edit your report for 24 hours after posting to correct errors. If you notice a mistake outside of this window contact a moderator and they will happily rectify the problem for you
  4. History The wind tunnel provision consisted essentially of four large high-quality research facilities, which would allow the testing of aircraft configurations and components at speeds from around eighty miles per hour up to a Mach number of 5, or five times the speed of sound. These were (in order of completion) the 3x3 supersonic tunnel, the 13x9 low speed tunnel, the 8x8 supersonic tunnel, and the 3x4 high supersonic speed tunnel (HSST). The numerals identify the working section dimensions in feet, width by height. The 8x8 and the 3x4 were the largest tunnels in their Mach number range in Western Europe. A low speed tunnel was also provided specifically to study the spinning characteristics of aircraft, which was a little understood phenomenon at the time. Explore Visited with my better half, @hamtagger. Now I had a bit of unfinished business with this little beauty! I first visited in May after seeing it pop up on the radar again and with it being just 8 miles from the area that I grew up, it was inevitable that I visited. It was hamtagger who had helped me with details back in May on the place. Going in May with someone who had no idea about this place, no idea about access, the location nor any history it was nice to come back feeling confident and knowing about what the site meant, what history it had and what exactly happened here. After leaving the site the last time and doing a report it was brought to my attention that there was a 3rd control room/observation room. Now there are 2 in the 8x8ft tunnel building and when I went one of the doors was locked so I missed out on that. I was set on seeing the 3x3 control room at some point. It just took some time, fast forward to July when me & @hamtagger were in the area again. We checked out the 8x8ft building and at that time it had a film crew there. We managed to sneak in to the control room that I had seen and hide behind the control panel for a little while. We left and checked out the building I had been told the 3rd room was in. Thanks to @darbians for his help, really really helpful It seemed that as much as it had been open it seemed pretty tight on this visit. We left it and decided to come back yet again. Since the July visit I have done some research on this place and seen that not only is there a 3x3ft supersonic windtunnel built, there was also a 3x4ft high supersonic wind tunnel built. This was quite confusing for me. Were they in the same building, were they in separate buildings?! Trying to tie up the interior of buildings with photographs I had seen on the internet was getting a bit anal. The vertical spinning tunnel is still in use at the flight centre and the largest wind tunnel is used by RedBull Racing. Fast forward to November and we decided to check it out yet again, arriving really early was the key here. Entry wasn't hidden and the later it become it would have become impossible with the amount of people around. Needless to say and I couldn't quite believe it but we were in! Greeted by this lovely corridor, wooden parquet flooring and lots of peeliness. After 5 minutes, there it was.. This little room we had both wanted to see. Walking in everything was tinged with a greeny blue, a colour I associated to the military infact. It is a shame people go to some lengths to get in places, we found the wood that had been used to secure the door to the room pulled off and on one side the whole doorframe had been pulled off. I was pretty impressed by the whole building to be honest, it was somewhere I had really wanted to see and it didn't disappoint. The decay in some areas was really nice and natural and in others looked like there was nothing. Some of the building is quite open to view of those on site so had to be careful when taking a few pics. The areas where the windtunnel was had some nice little features left behind, which was nice to see. As much as it pains me to say,I still think I have unfinished business with this place. I am sure there is more here, infact one of the other buildings that housed another control room is in use as a company so time will tell I guess. Anyway, on with the pics. I loved this, the fact that it says 'Required Attitude'... None, fuck off! This little tag stood the test of time for 45 years! And a selfie to finish the report...
  5. En route back from RAF Upwood we decided to stop by Cambridge’s Regional War Room, aka RSG4 after developing a somewhat large fascination of bunkers. I was almost not going to bother uploading this due to a lack of pictures and lack of entry at all, however as there are no reports on this place at all anyway here is what I did get along with some history on the place…
  6. A rare visit from me in the Military section, in fact wasn't sure to post here or in the underground This was a opportunity I had to jump on quickly after seeing a report elsewhere and gathering that demolition was about to start. After all, its not every day you can explore a former 1950's nuclear bunker. I arrived after dark to help avoid security - inside was pitch black anyway. After 10 minutes I heard voices and met another couple of explorers - James and Joe - whose extra lighting meant a big improvement to some of my shots. Much appreciated!! Here is some background info on the site, most of it taken from an article in the Yorkshire Evening Post from Nick Catford, author of the book Cold War Bunkers. Officially known as the Leeds War Room Region 2. The bunker was one of 13 built in the 1950s as the fear of nuclear attack from the Soviet Union gripped the West. In the event of war the bunker would have housed a cabinet minister acting as an emergency Regional Commissioner and it was he who would have been responsible for directing the strategic response to air raids across the region. Designed to withstand the force of a 500lb medium capacity bomb, the bunker’s occupants would have reported to a central Government War Room in London. It was equipped with a two-floor operations room and stations to house a small army of civil servants. There was a hospital, telephone exchange and male and female dormitories. An air filtration plant strained and filtered out radioactive contamination, ensuring the bunker’s occupants were protected from deadly fallout dust. A key role in the Leeds bunker would have been played by those responsible for keeping communications up and running. The war room needed to keep in contact with a host of smaller bunkers that would be feeding them information on bomb drops and fallout patterns. To that end the bunker was equipped with a telephone exchange that was wired into a secret underground network running all over the country that had been built by the General Post Office (the predecessor to British Telecom) after the Second World War. The development of the hydrogen bomb – which was 1,000 times as powerful as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 – meant that instead of a long war planners now anticipated a short, devastating attack on major cities. The expectation of mutually assured destruction meant that the war rooms were both inadequately protected and seen as too small to support the large live-in staff that would be needed in the wake of a major nuclear strike. Instead, they were replaced by a network of much larger bunkers known as Regional Government Headquarters. The Leeds war room was downgraded to the status of a sub-regional control centre which was subordinate to the local RGHQ at Shipton, near York. After 1968 Leeds City Council took it over as a more localised control centre for Leeds itself and the bunker remained in use until about 1981, although only the upper level was occupied. By the early 1990s it had been decommissioned as the threat of nuclear war was seen to have passed. In 2011 it was one of only 4 still in existence, but, shamefully this fascinating and important legacy of the Cold War has recently been demolished.
  7. Visited very recently this place will be gone in a matter of days I dare say, everything else that was standing on the site has gone; the brick air raid shelters in front of the bunker included! Having travelled pretty far from home to see something that has less in I was pretty surprised how much is left in there despite the demolition, really grateful I had the opportunity to check this out for myself heres some history on the place, stole shamelessly from subbrit, its obviously outdated since the land has been sold! "The War Room opened in the early 1950's but within a few years nuclear technology left it obsolete as the H bomb threat required a new breed of protected accommodation, the RSG. By 1958 it had became a sub regional control, subordinate to the RSG at York (See Shipton). It also acted as a Leeds City Council sub control, one of 4 in a ring around the city. (the others were houses). Joint Home Office and Civil Defence use is unusual. After 1968 it was no longer required until 1981 when the upper level was refitted as Leeds City Council Control (The lower level was not used). In theory it was available until the end of the cold war, but in practice it was unsuitable for the purpose, damp and rarely used. The building is still in good external condition within its own locked compound. It is painted cream with three prominent ventilation towers on the east side and an external fixed ladder onto the roof. The rear blast door has an overpressure gauge mounted on the wall alongside. This consists of a rubber tube which passes through the door; this is connected to a glass tube with a coloured liquid in it. Mounted alongside the tube is a graduated and calibrated rule. The liquid reacts to the pressure which can be read on the rule. There is a notice instructing people not to tamper with or remove the rule. There are a further three rooms along this length of corridor, one appears to be a strong room and is locked, the other two are empty apart from filing cabinets, chairs and map/plan drawer. The corridor turns through 90 degrees and opens out into the kitchen/canteen. The kitchen area is at one end it has a long counter/preparation area, butler sink with two draining boards, a water heater and two plate racks. In the canteen area there are six tables and a locked floor standing metal cabinet. At the far end of the canteen is the final part of the upper ring corridor. On the outer side of the corridor are three rooms that have been used for storage and still contain some architects models and furniture. Beyond these rooms is the second stairway down to the lower level. On the inner side of this corridor a door leads into one of two rooms with curved glass windows (designed to cut out reflection) overlooking the well below. This was the control room and is is the larger of the two rooms with its two windows still in place. There are 6 chairs and 4 Dexion racks containing files, plans and maps. Many of the maps (large scale ordnance survey) are strewn across the floor here and in several other rooms. The smaller of the two rooms is accessed from the control room and the ring corridor has had its window removed and boarded over. This appears to have been converted into a signals room with evidence of 6 acoustic booths (now removed) each with its own light. The lower floor is flooded throughout to a depth of one foot; it also has a ring corridor. The two level operations room in the centre still retains a large angled wall board for the main map (now gone) with a step ladder for reaching the top sections of it; alongside this is a resources blackboard. On one wall there is a WB1400 carrier receiver and loudspeaker. The only remaining furniture is a single swivel chair and a rack of floor standing shelves. Three small rooms with curved glass windows look into the operations room along one side, two of these are empty, the other still has two teleprinter tables with chairs. There would have been a fourth room with a window at one end but the window and frame has been removed to make a walk-through access into this room. As with the upper floor, the ring corridor opens into a large rectangular room directly under the canteen. A sign on the door indicates this was a conference room and it still has chairs around all the walls. It has a message-passing window into the operations room, and two other adjoining rooms. There are five rooms accessed from the outside of the ring corridor, two are tank rooms and another is the GPO switchboard room which still retains a large switching frame and various wall boxes. The message basket is located in an alcove in the corridor wall. Throughout the building is damp with paint peeling from the walls in places. " more pics here ...http://www.the-elusive.uk/?p=5799
  8. 1. Klobunker 01 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 2. Klobunker 02 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 3. Klobunker 03 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 4. Klobunker 04 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 5. Klobunker 05 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 6. Klobunker 06 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 7. Klobunker 07 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 8. Klobunker 08 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 9. Klobunker 09 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 10. Klobunker 10 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr 11. Klobunker 11 by MiaroDigital, on Flickr
  9. Eveneing everyone, managed to finally get into this plotting room after looking at it for a while and everyone saying that it wasn't "doable", luckily for me i found a key, a very scary key at that great plotting room which had started to get done up by the old owner but it seems like this is no longer happening as its all been abandoned and i was told he was told off for fencing off the area which was a public right of way. the plotting room had rooms on two levels unlike any others that ive been in so that was different, wasnt loads to see but nice to have seen it all the same :-), another one ticked off the list. was hard taking pictures as only a small area and only had my kit lens but youll get the general idea. thanks for looking.
  10. Control Room A Visited with member Chaos and a gentleman known as Evilgenius. Battersea had been in the back of our minds for some time with varying stories of success and epic fails with the over zealous secca. Just before the tourist boom we thought we'd have a crack. This time we had one location on our minds within the menacing confines of Battersea, Control Room A. Notoriously difficult to access we made it our mission of the afternoon to get in there and get it done. History Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Battersea Power Station was built in two stages. Battersea A was finished in1933, with Battersea B coming on line in 1953. The two stations were built to an identical / mirrored design, providing the well known four-chimney layout. At it’s peak in 1953 it produced around 509MW making it the third largest in the UK at the time. This was a fifth of London’s electricity, with 28 other London stations producing the rest. By the 1970s the station's output was falling. This, coupled with increased operating costs, such as flue gas cleaning, led to Battersea's demise. On 17 March 1975, the A Station was closed after being in operation for 42 years. By this time the A Station was co-firing oil and its generating capacity had reduced to 228 MW. Three years after the closure of the A Station, rumours began to circulate that the B Station would soon follow. A campaign was then launched to try to save the building as part of the national heritage. As a result the station was declared a heritage site in 1980, when the Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Heseltine, awarded the building Grade II listed status. (This was upgraded to Grade II* listed in 2007.) On 31 October 1983 production of electricity at Station B also ended, after nearly 30 years of operation. By then the B Station's generating capacity had fallen to 146 MW. The closure of the two stations was put down largely to the generating equipment becoming out-dated, and the preferred choice of fuel for electricity generation shifting from coal toward oil, gas and nuclear power. Since the station's closure the site has remained largely unused, with numerous failed redevelopment plans from successive site owners. In July 2012, the power station was sold to a consortium led by Malaysia’s SP Setia for £400 million. In January 2013 the first residential apartments went on sale. (I’m told they have now all been sold “off planâ€Â) An initial £100 million will go towards rebuilding the four chimneys and repairs to the brick-work and windows. Buro Happold, which has extensive knowledge of the site, is to advise on structural repairs for the property development, which will be managed by Turner & Townsend. The Battersea Power Station Development Company will now finalise plans for the interior of the building, for which it has recruited Wilkinson Eyre. The Explore We decided on a date and time and set off for London, we arrived with the sun still shining and parked up and made our way to our entry point, after a bit of high jump and some CCTV dodging athletics across no mans land that Team GB would be proud of we made it to A side. After a few glugs of water and quick wipe of sweat we moved off deeper inside. There was a hi vis jacket milling about in the distance that stopped us in our tracks, we had eyes on and realised it wasn't a threat so cracked on, we had a good look around and with a bit of a ninja's wet dream we made it to the correct level. Another two high vis vests were spotted so we laid low observing until they moved away (not entirely sure who they were, didn't look like your average secca...maybe contractors). We had a mooch about slogging through a blanket of pigeon shit, dead pigeons, nests and eggs and found an opening. With a push and squeeze holding our breaths from the stench we made it through and found what we were looking for. The door to Control Room A was open and inviting us in, we walked in to the mammoth art deco style room, it was as if the 1920's had just stopped with everyone disappearing leaving only the the control room lost in time. We made good use of the time and nice bit of natural sunlight we had coming through the windows and waisted no time capturing this incredible location. The light was starting to waiver so we decided to exit before we ended up scaling down the building in the dark which wasn't favourable considering the route we took in. Lovely explore and nice to have experienced this bit of history. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Thanks for looking
  11. Right the journey for one of us started here http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=57055 This thread caused quite a stir so in true thanet crew style we tagged onto this effort by Obscurity and teamed up for the plotting room..never has it been reported on and after all the fuss and agro from kent history forum and local landowners tbh i dont think any one thought it would be photographed..there was power left on in this plotting room and a pump/dehumidifier left runnng with power cables and lights left abandoned..So be rude not to poke our heads down this kept quiet and allegedly sealed/capped off bit of history.. Not many pics frm here as to be honest its a plotting room ,just thought we would share Nothing particularly ground breaking but something kurg may have started before hostilities that we felt we had to see through
  12. In another round of re-visits, we decided to pop our heads into the Lydden Spout plotting room and deep shelter as they are only a short distance from each other. Like all the others dotted along the clifftops at Dover, this was built as part of the gun battery that used to be on top of the cliffs at this point. All the surface features have long since disappeared, but the underground features still remain. The entrance to the Lydden shelter is a bit tricky being halfway down the cliff with a fairly steep path leading up to it. We must have been slightly mad to be doing this on a fairly cold, very windy and wet night, but we all made it in and out OK. Visited with Frosty, Jesus and a non forum member. My photos of the plotting room mainly consist of doors - as to be fair, that's all there really is in the place apart from the old ventilation equipment. And now the deep shelter. This one is very damp towards the back, but does have an excellent staircase in. Thanks for looking! Maniac
  13. Lydden Spout Battery was constructed in 1941 there are still many features of the site to be seen, I went with the intent of exploring the underground shelter but was unable to find it so second visit planned, I did however find the "Plotting Room" so took a look round inside there instead. It looks like it would have been in great condition inside as its possibly the cleanest Ive been in however it has been trashed and most of this looks as though it may have been done in recent years On with some pics Well worth a look, small inside but interesting none the less
  14. History very nicely covered by Nelly Ill add my pics here visited with Nelly, Skeleton Key, Msaunder1972, Non Member Ben, Troglodyte, Priority Seven, Wevsky, SpaceInvader and Obscurity. Ok on with my pics Nice relaxed explore, my thanks again to Nelly and the guys for taking us down there
  15. Merry Christmas to All of u across the pond! This may be my last post for 2009! Anyway here we go, 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
  16. some more pics of myn and solarpowered trip to dover heres one of the plotting rooms in dover was amazed at the ventalation machinery still being inside. heres lots of pictures of the machiney the filter equipment still in good nick