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Report - Agfa, Leeds, 11/06/07

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Saxofilis, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. Saxofilis

    Saxofilis 28DL Full Member
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    I first noticed this place closing down a few years ago and a few recent trips to Leeds made me wonder about the current status of the buildings so I went over to take a look.
    The buildings themselves are in sound condition, but most machinery and process equipment is gone, and so is almost every shred of copper. It looks like a proper organised strip out though, and any damage to the building looks likely to have been caused during this time.

    From some quick searching, it seems the plant made chemistry based printing plates, and they now have a modern plant opposite the old site that makes digital printing plates. However the plant operated, it seems that some fairly toxic materials were handled here, there were many warning signs and extensive fire fighting equipment. I was wondering if there is any link between this site and the also derelict Leeds based Yorkshire Chemicals.

    The plant consisted of offices, manufacturing halls, stores, labs and workshops to the front of the premises in one building, including a very dark and dingy section that I didn't explore, and a large seperate chemical store building to the rear of the site. Also there were several smaller seperate buildings, such as the sprinkler pump room, switch room, generator house etc around the site. Rooptop access is available all around the site.

    An enjoyable explore if, like me, you like industrial sites with plenty of nice easy safe climbing and machinery.

    Old security office and staff entrance

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    Offices

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    Hall

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    Weighing machine and heater

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    Weigher controls

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    Main hall crane

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    Stairs to roof. They have left the stair treads in place but removed the durbar landings. Why? Just creates a nasty hazard. This was the main place to see lovely pigeons. Shit things.

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    This is a view of the roof of the main building taken form the chemical store roof

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    Top floor lift

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    Maybe there was once a pipr bridge from here, main building roof, to the chemical store.

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    Nasty dangerous grinder

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    Anti static footware test

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    Chemical store roof

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    Switchroom

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    Fire sprinkler pump room.

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    One of many fire hydraunts around the site. This one is trying to hide from the demolition men

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    Disaster control

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    Time's up

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    Time out.

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    And then back out over the bollockshredder...
     

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