Jump to content
Canonguy

UK George W King Ltd - Hertfordshire - Aug 2013

Recommended Posts

A little bit of history on why this building lies empty:

STRIKE action is being taken by more than 200 workers at an engineering company following notice that jobs will be axed and the site closed. Employees at George W King Ltd, will establish a picket line next Wednesday and intend to strike every alternate week until Christmas. Workers will also adhere to an overtime ban.

The company has been in here for nearly 20 years. Before that it was based near Stevenage railway station and was part of Krupp Camford Engineering.

Tony E, regional officer for Unite the Union, said employees accept the site must close because it is losing money, but are striking over a poor redundancy package.

"The place is closing and the machinery is already being taken out," he explained.

"Reluctantly, I think people have got to accept the closure but the redundancy package is insufficient. It's less than they have given to people in the past and we want more than the normal package."

Mr E said the company is not making payments in lieu of notice. "All they are offering, which is an insult, is that employees will be given a £100 bonus if they work when they are supposed to."

He described it as "an awful situation" and said industrial action is unheard of at George W King but "these people are desperate".

Of the five companies in the group, this one is set to close next year, with the potential to transfer 30 jobs to Luton, and a site in Hereford is also due to close.

Union convener Harvey D, who has worked for George W King for seven years, said: "They are not being very cooperative. They have given us 90 days notice, which will be up on November 24, and so far we have only had two meetings. They should be sitting round the table and talking to us.

"Striking is a last resort. We have tried everything else.

"Everybody is concerned because there's not much work about now. It's going to affect a lot of people and their families."

Bosses at George W King refused to comment.

it has also suffered 2 major arson attacks (one in downstairs offices and one at the rear in the factory) but walking round there has been many more attempts

9482980133_081d088464.jpg

early this year (2013)

POLICE have confirmed a fire which broke out in the derelict building was an arson attack.

The fire broke out on Wednesday evening at around 5.40pm at the former George W King site. The building was subject to an arson attack in February, with police patrols stepped up as a result. And there have also been reports of anti-social behaviour at the building. In September last year, the Comet also reported on a gang of men who pleaded guilty to stealing metal from the premises.

you can buy there full list of "useful" contacts (64,405 of them apparently) for the cheap price of £679.99

George W.King Ltd. are offering 'Manufacture of automotive' in the Motor Vehicles industry. with a turnover of £108,408,000 They also have offices in Coventry and 600 + employees accross the UK. George W.King Ltd. holds many opportunities, leads and useful contacts.

this is a great building really enjoyed walking round and the smell of engineering. also some amazing graffiti all around but i couldn't document everything there was simply too much

Full set: www.flickr.com/photos/samcain/sets/72157635023996090/

9506345360_8614e0b172_c.jpg

9506326172_9ae15d7e45_c.jpg

9503538243_7f04b0b76a_c.jpg

some panoramic's

9481274928_21c4fd7066_c.jpg

"think outside the box"

9481300204_653972a39c_c.jpg

from the fire escape stairs

9502179735_62aa897413_c.jpg

so glad i got to the roof

9505192984_0785dae92e_c.jpg

most of the office's are trashed

9505384246_e316f094ef_c.jpg

9496163605_7397534078_c.jpg

the place is massive

9494860021_9b3836ba03_c.jpg

it had to be done (i was really surprised to find them still lined up!)

9481304958_16e474fb46_c.jpg

9502856951_bd20361d74_c.jpg

ther is always time for a chair

9505568948_8abd859934_c.jpg

from the most recent fire

9505774482_f67e4eaac3_c.jpg

a lot of open open bits of old oil

9505837648_52d791c6d2_c.jpg

the remains of the Renault parts production line

9506118976_9bcbd6f233_c.jpg

9495587245_b52571a0d7_c.jpg

didn't except to find this in the middle of the factory looked like there were trying to keep something secure

any ideas???????????????

9498436370_2fe6ee4b2a_c.jpg

didn't except to find this in the middle of the factory looked like there were trying to keep something secure

any ideas???????????????

9498481778_d6e5c69363_c.jpg

9498591982_936eb1c19f_c.jpg

from the first major fire

9495758849_dd216e9366_c.jpg

factory in it glory days

9496048599_66f1e68de0_c.jpg

mail room

9498879258_a3eed5f3e0_c.jpg

old parts

this is a smaller building at the front

9506195776_de6e0e395c_c.jpg

not really sure what this was used for but its now used as a squat

9503419705_55fd184c2a_c.jpg

secca hut

9481257560_b8d2f9cb82_c.jpg

;)

9481263502_85bc6fc45c_c.jpg

something tells me that Secca will be a bit slow to react ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Similar Content

    • By skeleton key
      Thankful there was enough remaining to grab some shots and at the same time have a good giggle
      Splored With Lara,Trog and peaches






      In the back area of the stage Lara found some costumes and the silliness began.
      Beds began to roll up and down the corridors .
       

       
      Better not to ask

      I nearly ran straight into secca.
      At first i thought it was another fool dressed up but as Sindbad
      Then realized he was a Sihk Secca lol

      This fella was either as deaf as a post or turned a blind eye & I wasnt fussed with either.
      As was more to see and we put a bit of distance between us and the now named Turbanator.








      Cheers for looking in
       
    • By Lenston
      History 
       
      The engineering company J.E. Billups of Cardiff who also constructed Mireystock Bridge and the masonry work on the Lydbrook viaduct commenced construction of the tunnel in 1872 using forest stone. The tunnel is 221 metres in length and took 2 years to construct. The tunnel allowed the connection of the Severn and Wye Valley railway running from Lydney with the Ross and Monmouth network at Lydbrook. The first mineral train passed through the tunnel on 16 August 1874. Passenger services commenced in September 1875 pulled by the engine Robin Hood.
       
      The history of this section of line is not without incident - a railway ganger was killed in the tunnel by a train in 1893 and a locomotive was derailed by a fallen block of stone in the cutting at the northern entrance in 1898.
      The line officially closed to passenger trains in July 1929 but goods trains continued to use the line until the closure of Arthur & Edward Colliery at Waterloo in 1959 and Cannop Colliery in 1960. Lifting of the track was completed in 1962. The tunnel and cutting were buried with spoil in the early 1970's.
       
      Thanks to the vision and enthusiasm of a group of local Forest railway enthusiasts assisted by Forest Enterprise the top of the northern portal of the tunnel (with its unusual elliptical shape) which has lain buried for 30 years has now been exposed. 
      As of 2018 the tunnel now still lays abandoned with no sign of the cycle track and the £50,000 funding seemingly gone to waste.
       
      Pics
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      Thanks for looking
    • By jane doe
      I was passing here today on way home from work so called in to have a look ...Quite a nice little explore ☺️





    • By UrbanBeginner1
      This church had been on my bucket list for a while and I finally got access, granted it happened last year. I don't know a lot of the history of the church, other than the congregation was founded by German immigrats in the 1800s. The origional church burned in the Chicago fire and a new one was constructed in 1904. In the 1910s Polish immigrants moved in and the German congregation declined in membership. It bounced back and years later in the 50s a large Puerto Rican population came in and spanish masses were offered for the first time. Membership throughout the 60s and 70s etc kept declining and in 1990 the church officially closed. The rectory, convent and school were all torn down. As for the chruch a development company owns it and want's to turn it into luxury condos and a music school. 
       
       





×