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Co-op, woolwich - August 2012

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This was a nice interesting explore, it was the height of the olympics and ruddy boiling !, we where glad to get inside !, lets start off with some of the boring details shall we :)

Large art deco building established in the 1930s and was closed around some point in the 80's it was due to be demolished in 2008 but from what i can tell it was opposed by the public and is now a listed building ?

edit : not quite, taken from another report

The building does not meet criteria for listing, but it is a fine example of art deco and is a vital part of the west end of Powis Street, which includes other buildings of the period that are occupied and thus safe. The Co-Op is a vital part of Woolwich's "Art Deco Quarter" and the shell, at least, should be preserved and recycled in the planned Woolwich Triangle development rather than demolished.

It now sits there being slowly trashed and is resident to many homeless, this was actually my first encounter with homeless on an explore. You suddenly realise that you are not only in a place you shouldn't be, but you're in someone elses home and respecting that is up most important.

Upon entering the building we where greeted with a bunch of local chavs/ pikee's who where there to "annoy the builders", all we heard was them running around shouting, So we ended up hiding for a bit in a small room until they finally buggered off, didnt much fancy the agrro !. Anyway onto the photos !

The place was littered with empty bags and rubbish, a lot more compared to a 2008 reports i saw =[

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The stairs where loovely though !

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Dont use the escalator !

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So sad to see =[, homeless possessions, all they have just laying there..

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On to the board room !

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Sadly it was a tad too hot for a fire today.. and i forgot the marshmallows .. blast !

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The architecture from outside was loovely

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Mirrored windows meant we could peep outside and not worry about being seen :D

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Indeed !

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Can't help my self the stairs where great ^^

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Up on the roof, was a lovely view !

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And lovely machinery !

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And to our suprise we found some fellow explorers up on the roof ! shooting some form of music video !.. would really love to of know how this went :dunno2:

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Dont do it !!

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One of the two safes left

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And saw this on the way down woops :mrgreen:

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Thanks for looking, rest here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/urdex/sets/72157631256830912/with/7866122540/

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Great report

Its a funny old place, pretty fucked but still some very nice bits to see, I don't know if you are aware but the iron work on those fantastic stairs actually says "Co Op", I had been there twice and I didn't see it until somebody pointed it out on one of my reports.

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Great report

Its a funny old place, pretty fucked but still some very nice bits to see, I don't know if you are aware but the iron work on those fantastic stairs actually says "Co Op", I had been there twice and I didn't see it until somebody pointed it out on one of my reports.

Thanks for the kind words :), and that makes sense now !, didnt see that ^^, cheers !

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Neither did we. But the funny thing is that now that you've seen it then you can't unsee it!!!

It will always be so

Fuck. I'm rambling!!!

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Stonkin stuff mate, really enjoyed this one. Shot two's really cool, gives a bit of emphasis on size :) And those stairs are a peach :D

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Great set of pics. First time I think i've seen a derped set of escalators! The stairs are really nice too! :thumb:thumb

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