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  1. An early partial visit of blast furnaces with @Himeiji that ended by being caught by securitas, who called another security crew, who called the cops...... I wanna go back there but I don't know if I should :s Hell, Mittal's a bitch, but a beautiful one xD
  2. A repair facility of a big steel factory here in Belgium. Abandoned for many years but still surrounded by razor wire . Here they repaired the trains and also other equipment used in in steel factory (radio's, chargers,....). It' took some walking to see all of the building (and still missed some parts.It was a solo explore so I was cautious about every sound I heard. Found a former living quarter of some copper thieves with sleeping corner and a crude home-made heater/stove. This was my kind of Sunday morning activity. Tnx for watching. Hopefully not to many pictures.
  3. following the decline of industries Sheffield offers plenty interns of urban exploring... from abandoned breweries, redundant steel works and leisure sites. It's difficult to experience all this in a single outing therefore I have compiled this into three years of exploring the city. Having started out at relatively low level explores and advancing this further to more harder to reach buildings here are some of the most important abandoned buildings Sheffield offers. If not for the buildings themselves Sheffield's street art is an important part of the explore. Often explorers take to photography for the art which is of a high standard coming from a far to experience this. Historically the buildings offer more than the art its self... the buildings often dating back to the victorian era give great scope to capture real history of the city. Often buildings have either been destroyed or are in the process of this. Been able to capture the buildings in their original state albeit a derelict one captures the cities past... and more importantly the history of British industry. END
  4. A late autumn morning spent lurking in a HUGE decommissioned blast furnace, dodging trains and security patrols? Yep... That'll do nicely! . . . H F B . . . by As always, thanks for lookin in folks!
  5. Another euro weekender and we were lucky enough to find ourselves in this MASSIVE French steel works... ...FORGE LUNAIRE... As always... Thanks for takin' a look...
  6. I don't really understand how stuff like this works but I think it just gets really hot and then farts big turds of metal out of it's arse. I CAN tell you one thing though, it's fucking huge and it's fucking epic running around it with your mates in the middle of the night! Founded by Dorman Long in 1917, the steel produced here was used to build structures including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tyne Bridge and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Under the socialist plans of the post-Second World War Labour Party, in 1967 Dorman Long was absorbed into the newly created nationalised company, British Steel Corporation. After privatisation under Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party in 1988 to form British Steel plc, in 1999 the company merged with Netherlands-based steel maker Koninklijke Hoogovens to form Corus Group. Corus utilised the site for basic oxygen steelmaking, using iron produced at the company's Redcar blast furnace. In 2007, Corus was bought by Tata Steel. Tata stopped production in 2009 and 1,700 jobs were lost at the plant. On 24 February 2011, the steelworks was purchased by Thai-based Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI). On 15 April 2012 the plant was officially reopened. On 18 September 2015, production was paused due to the decline in steel prices. On 28 September 2015, the plant was "mothballed" amid poor steel trading conditions across the world and a drop in steel prices. On 2 October, the owner of the site, SSI UK, entered liquidation. On 12 October 2015 the receiver announced there was no realistic prospect of finding a buyer and the coke ovens would be extinguished. 1. I didn't get any usable externals so nicked this from google 2. After a Speedy entrance we found ourselves making our way up through the bowels of the furnace 3. 4. 5. 6. Quite fancy popping down to the bottom of here next time (look out for Part 2 of 36 coming soon ) 7. 8. It's difficult to capture the sheer size of this thing 9. 10. 11. This is my favourite shot from the evening's proceedings. 12. 13. You could still feel hot air coming from the top of these chimneys 14. Heading back down we had a nose around in this large area around the 'Brain' as I like to call it. 15. 16. This workshop was close by and a few other little rooms 17. Worker's coat 18. 19. Control Room 20. 21. 22. The Brain 23. Nothing I've seen in Belgium compared to the size of this, both sides looked like this.... We only scratched the surface of this huge site on this occasion but in Parts 2-36 I hope to cover everything from the kitchen toaster to the men's urinals. No stone will be left unturned I assure you of that. Thanks to @Maniac, @Merryprankster and Elliot5200 for a great night, it was a blast
  7. Bit of history; Founded by Dorman Long in 1917, the steel produced was used to build structures including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tyne Bridge and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Under the socialist plans of the post-Second World War Labour Party, in 1967 Dorman Long was absorbed into the newly created nationalised company, British Steel Corporation. After privatisation under Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party in 1988 to form British Steel plc, in 1999 the company merged with Netherlands-based steel maker Koninklijke Hoogovens to form Corus Group. Corus utilised the site for basic oxygen steelmaking, using iron produced at the company's Redcar blast furnace. In 2007, Corus was bought by Tata Steel. SSI: 2012–present In light of the termination of a large contract in 2009, Tata stopped production and 1,700 jobs were lost at the plant. On 24 February 2011, the steelworks was purchased by Thai-based SSI. On 15 April 2012 the plant was officially reopened. On 18 September 2015, production was paused due to the decline in steel prices. On 28 September 2015, the plant was "mothballed" amid poor steel trading conditions across the world and a drop in steel prices. On 2 October, the owner of the site, SSI UK, entered liquidation. On 12 October 2015 the receiver announced there was no realistic prospect of finding a buyer and the coke ovens would be extinguished. The explore; So on what I am pretty sure was the grimmest night of 2015 with the wind approaching 60mph myself and Raz made the trip to Redcar. At first we had only planned to recce the site in order to return for another night... but after walking for 3 hours amongst the sand dunes we silently decided we had come too far not to succeed. It took a lot of waiting, crawling and sprinting between cover and at one point laying on our backs with the security truck headlights pointing straight at us from about 10ft away to get close, and one final scramble up a very loose rock face and we were in. It took us just over 4 hours to get in from leaving the car, bur being stood under that brain in the centre, made the bruises, the aches, and the coke in our hair and eyes so worth it. Getting out was a rushed job, neither of us wishing to stay any longer as we were both exhausted by his point and somehow, we pulled it off. Massive confidence boost for us and this place is honestly the first place I've been truly proud of pulling off. Waiting for the next patrol to pass... Thanks for looking
  8. More bad news for the steel industry, perhaps good news for the UE industry? One to keep an eye on for sure. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34561630
  9. Part 1. The opportunity arose to visit a friend of mine living in Beijing and it didn't take long for this place to crop up in conversation. He'd heard rumours of people being allowed to walk freely through the site before but this wasn't the case when he'd tried. Security had apparently been stepped up massively so we opted for a more sneaky approach. We made our entrance at the north end of the site where the 4 huge blast furnaces were situated. Once inside we found much more activity on site than we had expected; people on bicycles, people with dogs, cars driving around, parked cars, construction vehicles, it certainly hadn't been deserted by any stretch of the imagination and it was difficult for three of us to remain unseen for long. Many of the buildings were well sealed but we found our way inside a few of them. It's an amazing site, to think that we barely scratched the surface is just crazy. I would guess that we only covered about 5% of the whole site, if that. I've made a long report for this one as it's not somewhere you see every day, I hope you've got a spare 10 minutes to kill! History Shougang Company Ltd steelworks (also known as Capital Steel) began operations in 1919 as a small pig iron plant which eventually expanded to cover a 700 hectare area. It became the largest producer of steel in Northern China. At its peak there were 200,000 workers and an annual output of 10 million tons. The plant had its own apartment complexes, dining halls, schools, hospitals, public bathhouses, cinemas, temples, even a newspaper – Shougang Daily, which regaled readers with stories of steel output in its triumphalist headlines. For many years Shougang’s steel fed the capital’s economy, and virtually the entire district that surrounded the factory. In 2001, when Beijing was awarded the hosting rights for the 2008 Olympic Games, public concerns emerged about the level of Shougang's pollution, it's water usage (the mill required 50 million cubic meters of water annually to run), and their effect on quality of life in the area. A reputation as an industrial centre was no longer something to be proud of and by 2008 much of the plant had shut down. The city was undergoing refurbishment and industry was being moved out. On December 21st 2010, all production ceased and the state-owned company was officially relocated to Caofeidian, Hebei Province. Today works are being carried out to transform Shougang into the “Central Recreational District”. According to the plan, Shougang's old site will blend in with Beijing's urban development retaining many of the plant's original features to honour the legacy of Shougang's long lasting impact on the steel industry. A similar project was carried out in Beijing’s 798 art district with much success. Onto the pictures. 1. These were the first structures we came to, at the top of this road we could see diggers moving around so were already wary of being seen 2. 3. We got up to the silos but felt quite exposed so didn't hang around long 4. 5. We had a hunch there was somebody inside this building, not long later we bumped into a worker next to it who told us we shouldn't be here because there was a danger something might fall on our heads. He didn't seem that bothered though so we said goodbye and moved on. 6. 7. As we reached this empty pool we heard voices just a few metres away and had to hide. Luckily nobody came. 8. This building was situated right next to the pool. It didn't look like much from the outside but there were some nice control panels inside it. 9. 10. The blackboard in the corner had ‘Goodbye Shougang’ written on it 11. 12. 13. Back outside we headed across the undergrowth under a maze of conveyors, the blue one must be the longest I've ever seen. 14. Unfortunately we couldn't find a way inside the conveyors which was a shame as the blue one led straight up to the top of one of the blast furnaces. 15. This long red structure was some kind of train shed 16. As we were passing through it we spotted a man with two dogs outside so had to hide again 17. We started heading towards the larger structures, as we got close to this one we spotted two shiny vehicles parked underneath it so we turned back. 18. At this point all we could hear were lots of big dogs barking and it seemed to get louder the closer we got towards the blast furnaces. 19. It was becoming apparent how huge these furnaces were. 20. As we poked our heads around a corner we were able to take in the sheer size of these bad boys for the first time. Unfortunately there were two workers with dogs tied up in-between us and the furnace. We decided to approach them in case they might let us wander past without a care. They were very friendly but told us to head around the other side and not to try passing the dogs. Again they didn't seem all too bothered about us being there though so we felt a little more relaxed at this point. 21. The dogs weren't quite as friendly as their owners I should add. Look at that beast of a furnace though! By the way this was the smallest one out of the four. 22. 23. Around the other side the furnace was protected by barbed wire topped fences, we should have gone for it there and then but we continued further to look for an easier way in. 24. This way in looked pretty good 25. 26. However there were several vehicles milling about around here and within a few seconds we'd been busted by security. They weren't best happy with us to begin with but after offering them some cigarettes and my friend playing dumb to the fact we weren't allowed to be in there they chilled out a bit. 27. I took a couple of snaps of our surroundings before another vehicle arrived to escort us off site. 28. 29. We were driven the whole length of the site on our way out, it was absolutely huge, as big as a small town. 30. We also caught a glimpse of the larger blast furnaces which made me want to come back and see more.....
  10. History Castmaster Roll, which has operated for over one hundred years, is a former foundry and manufacturing firm located in Sheffield. It was originally known as Davy Roll, the producer of gas lamps, but was renamed in 2003 after it was taken over by Mel Farrar. Castmaster specialised in rollmaking and later became a specialist producer of rolls for the steel industry; for rod, bar, light and medium sections and billet, narrow strip and tube mill applications. Rolls were also produced for the non-ferrous and food processing industries. The company were proud to have supplied Reeling and Roller Straightening in a comprehensive range of steel, adamite, iron and special alloy grades, up to a maximum roll size of 1,150mm diameter by 4,300mm long, with a delivered weight of 12,000 kilos. By December 2014, administrators were forced to admit that the historic Sheffield foundry was in severe financial difficulty; they warned that the company would fall into administration in 2015. True to their word, Castmaster Roll was dissolved in the early months of 2015, with the loss of 78 jobs. It was revealed, in February 2015, that the firm owed more than £500,000 to creditors; over 140 local and national companies are still owed money in the wake of the collapse of the company and it remains uncertain whether any money will be returned to unsecure creditors. Many people were stunned that the company, which had been successful for many years, had managed to get into this position. Everyone in steel and manufacturing industry across Sheffield were even more shocked when Castmaster Roll was finally forced to close its doors forever. Castmaster Roll was one of the last remaining European suppliers of rolls in the UK Our Version of Events This little piece of Sheffield’s formerly booming steel industry only just recently came to my attention, despite having passed it on several occasions this year. It seems that even though the lights were on and the building appeared to be fully functioning, it has deceived everyone temporarily; it has been, for a little while now, abandoned. Regrettably, I was a little late for this one, as demolition has already begun – presumably to redevelop the area into industrial units, or as a base for another company – and some of its key features have been removed. However, there was still fun to be had and I feel that it was well worth a wander over. Although the machine shop has been entirely stripped and the foundry is slowly disappearing, the medical room, air-raid shelter, offices and washhouses are still in excellent condition, so there is certainly still plenty to see. *A special thanks is owed to ACID-REFLUX for this one; cheers for the heads up and being a detailed source of info. Castmaster Roll The Foundry High Voltage Areas The Machine Shop
  11. This as you all know is a steel foundry that closed in January 2012 and everybody and his dog has been in to take pictures we have been told the plant use to turn old cars into nice shiny lumps of steel that would be sold to some other cock that probably turned them into not so nice shiny new cars but I think the real goings on where much more sordid, I think they made great big steel vibrators one hundred feet high !! there was lots of evidence of this all over the site. anyway lets forget this silliness From what I have been told from a two of my friends that used to work there the owners went into administration over night everyone went home Friday and then got a text message over the weekend telling them they don't have a job anymore and the place has been dead since then, everything is as the workers left it. I've been told if the guards find you in here they call the old bill so we had to be on our toes. this place is big so there's lots of places to hide if they do come looking. We heard them a few times but managed to keep out of their way. This place is real dirty and I mean dirty, everywhere is covered in a fine grey dust and in some places its 10cm deep but getting covered in shit is what its all about don't you think ....... We entered, we explored and I'm happy to say we left with our sphincters intact. on a side note if anyone is making a trip to Thames steel keep your eyes and ears open for moving / creaking metal , I was there with a few friends and we stopped for a drink and a chat, as we stood there we heard a sound like someone dragging a big bit of metal along the floor behind us , then about a minute later a bang as loud as thunder was followed by an even louder crashing sound as part of the roof came down. I must say it looked so fucking cool and I wished I had filmed it but it happened so fast I just did not have time to even think about hitting the record button. the crazy thing is we all walked through that very spot about 20 minutes before hand so thank fuck we did not stop there to have a chat because we could well have been killed. there's still some metal just hanging ready to fall at any time. note one of the beams still hanging up there just being supported by the yellow hand rail. On with the main pictures
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  13. After one of the false starts trying to complete Fort Darnet (when we accidentally broke a part of the engine) Liam and me were stuck for something to do, so I suggested going here. I was aware of this place, it closed properly last year and following a report on another forum I thought it was high time I paid the place a visit so off we went. I've shamelessly stolen the history from the website of the company who are auctioning off all the equipment that's in there. You can read more here if you're interested. http://www.cjmasset.com/2013/08/merchant-bar-mill-located-at-queenborough-kent/ It is being stripped out quite fast, loads of the equipment was packed and labelled ready to go, but equally so there's a lot still there. It's only a small place really, just one massive shed, but as industry goes it's not bad at all. On with some photos. The front part is very stripped as that line has been dismantled ready to be sold. Loved this, mainly for the counterweight for the door. Now at this point I must add we had probably only been in the building for around 20 minutes, and had just entered a smaller space at the back with some big lathes and a load of boxed up machinery in. A timely glance towards the entrance and I saw a pair of legs walking in our direction, oh dear were we seen going in? Time was not on our side, and we had to find somewhere to hide pretty sharpish as he was getting close to where he would be able to see us. So we picked this blue shed. Yep, no door and full of the sort of noisy crap that you really don't want on the floor when you're trying not to make a noise. He passed us no more than 6 feet away , had he glanced back then he would have clearly seen me, but he didn't. We wait for 10 minutes, and cautiously exit our hiding place. The place appeared deserted again, and we walk around the section we were in taking a few more photos. Bits of metal still on the lathes, they really had just downed tools and left. Then Liam peers through a hole in the wall, and it was at that moment we realised the person was still in the building right at the other end from where we were, and he appeared to be re-arranging things - we had put the noises we could hear down to the fact the wind had picked up and the building wasn't exactly the most structurally intact ever. So we go and find somewhere else to loiter for a bit which turned out to be a store room full of mainly drive belts. 15 more minutes and we go and have another look, still there. We wait and we wait some more. Eventually we stop hearing noises and go for another look and hey presto this time the coast is clear and we can finish what we came to do. This was about the only shot I really wanted to get from the end of the machine looking back. And lastly on the way out, we pop into the control room. Was a funny few hours spent in here, and it started pissing it down while we were there so we got soaked through on the way back to the car. Thanks for looking! Maniac.
  14. I had been meaning to visit this place for a while but never imagined that there would be much left, I was very wrong and it turned out to be a lovely little explore with lots of industrial gems dotted about the site. Sadly the roof has recently collapsed on the main structure due to snow making the old gantry cranes inaccessible. The chimneys however are very much still climbable if a little rusty and wobbly. Visited with a non member. History: The Brymbo Steel Works was a former large steelworks in the village of Brymbo near Wrexham, Wales. In operation between 1796 and 1990, it was significant on account of its founder, one of whose original blast furnace stacks remains on the site. The works was founded by John ‘Iron Mad’ Wilkinson who built a blast furnace on the site in 1793, just after he bought Brymbo Hall. The reasons for his move from the nearby Bersham Ironworks are thought to be on account of the nearby westminster colliery in Moss Valley, Wrexham. A second furnace was built by 1805 and a third about 1869, but from 1892 no more than two were used, and from 1912 only one. After their deaths in 1882 and 1884 respectively, the business was incorporated as Brymbo Steel Co. Ltd. The business changed company name in 1934 and 1948, on the latter occasion becoming Brymbo Steel Works Ltd in 1948, having become part of GKN, being a branch of GKN Steel Co. Ltd in the early 1960s. It was nationalised with the rest of the steel industry in 1967, becoming a division of British Steel Corporation. The works were served by the Wrexham and Minera Branch of the Great Western Railway, later of British Railways. The steelworks lasted until 1990, when it was closed. 1,100 jobs were lost and Brymbo village went into a depression and many residents into the negative equity trap.
  15. just some picz from The Former Steel Designs Construction site in Dover, i belive the place is going to be pulled down, ive been hear loads of times, its only a 5min walk from my place but ive never really taken any picz sooooo........ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 I also went back in the eve to spin some wool & see if any Orbs were around 9 10 11 I woz just about to give up on seeing any Orbs'n go home but i got lucky when 4 Orbs came out, they were kinda shy & didnt hang around long 12 13 14 15 thankz for looking
  16. After driving for 2 hours and arriving at our location, we found a long line of workers waiting for the site to open so the can begin there work for the day. Cop cars where parked all over the place and the police where standing on the road like they where doing crowd control for a angry mob. So we deicied to take a few pictures from the parking lot. Then we started to move closer and see if anyone was paying attention to us and they where not. So down the train tracks we went. The first place I was told to enter at had a truck parked right by it and workers all over the place. So we moved on to the second entrance, where once again we came across people working. We had to settle for exterior shots only. I will be go back one day and get what I went for. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
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