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UK Cincinnati Machine Tools, Birmingham - October 2015. ( Picture Heavy)

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The History.

Cincinnati Machine Tools was a world renowned manufacturer of milling machines. In the 1950's a large factory and modern headquarters was built alongside the canal at Erdington. The buildings are a striking post war modernist statement running along a traditional section of Birmingham waterway, with a single curved span concrete bridge connecting the main entrance to the opposite bank. It has an intriguing subtle art-deco inspired exterior design.

Whilst on the inside Cincinnati is pure 1950’s style and American glamour with lots of marble, terracotta and terrazzo, and as well as a gym and canteen it has its own 200 seatAuditorium. Cincinnati Machine Tools, now MAG, have moved just around the corner to Fort Dunlop.

The Visit.

I've been going past this place pretty much everyday for 2/3 years, and been wanting to get into it since I saw reports coming up. I'd previously attempted to get into the office building on a earlier visit, but only managed to get into the technical centre. After waiting for a non member to come and pick me up, we headed to the site, and managed to get in the office building. The one thing that stood out to me straight away was the architecture in this place, very 50's/60's with the offices is lavishly fitted out with Green Marble and Patent Tiling. Working our way to the top, the Directors penthouse flat on the top floor has a stunning view over Birmingham and a roof terrace, But also had signs of homeless people using it with made beds on the floor. After 2 + hours exploring, we headed out and went and got a well deserved maccies!

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Plenty of good stuff there despite it getting a bit of a bashing, love that shot of the partly flooded conference room - a total winner that!!

I know its a good feeling to finally make it into a place you've been past so many times :thumb

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