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Report - Aylesford Newsprint – Kent – July 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by mockney reject, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. mockney reject

    mockney reject 28DL Regular User
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    The History ( stolen from @Maniac)

    Paper has been manufactured on the Aylesford Newsprint site since 1922, formerly under the name of Aylesford Paper Mill and later by the name Aylesford Newsprint. The entire area has a history which revolved around the paper and packaging industry for decades, but this has been in steep decline in the last 20 years or so. The plant at Aylesford was the last remaining part of this industry in this area, but it has now ceased to be a viable business and has been closed since March 2015.

    Aylesford Newsprint was a long-established major employer in the area and was the largest paper recycling factory in Europe, manufacturing newsprint for the newspaper industry mainly for the London press. The mill was heavily modernised in the 1990's with millions of pounds spent on a state of the art warehousing system and significant new production equipment which is what you see today.

    When it closed, the mill employed 230 people and produced more than 400,000 tons of newsprint from 500,000 tons of recycled paper every year.

    It’s been a year since the production line at Aylesford Newsprint came to a halt – the dormant chimneys a sad reminder of the loss of one of Kent’s oldest paper mills.

    Now the firm in charge of selling off the company’s assets has announced the building is expected to be demolished by the summer of next year.

    The three options being presented by property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), which is acting on behalf of administrators KPMG, include one which looks at keeping the area for industrial use. The two other ideas are for a mix of commerce and housing. Option 2 would include between 350 to 400 homes whileOption 3 has a larger proportion of residential use, at up to 500 homes.


    The Explore

    After seeing a few reports on this, I kinda fancied it but just hadn’t got around to it, you know how it is sometimes. @oakley, @slayaaaa & @mrstewie had been for a nose a week or so before and myself and Oakley decided to head back for another look one Sunday afternoon.

    Access was pretty easy although we had to keep our eyes open for the security guys.

    Once inside we had a pretty chilled explore, although it was quite sad to see that most of the equipment and machinery had been and was in the process of being torn out. After seeing others reports it was a shame not to get to see the epicness that was there when @Maniac first reported it, but it was interesting to see it in the process of full decommissioning.

    It was however nice to get to see the labs and the R&D department as this side of it was also very interesting.

    The site had pretty much full power over it so it made for a good mooch, It was surprising to see what was left and what still worked.

    After a fair few hours in there we spotted secca doing their rounds and decided it was time for us to leave.


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  3. Speed

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    Did anyone ever get anywhere looking for turbines here? Looks like it's still good mooch.
     
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    Turbines you say ......

    We did sit on the roof for a bit discussing an area that looked like it could have been a turbine house but never made it over that side
     
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    Nice :)

    Great to see photos of the bits that we missed on our visit, in particular PM13 as we only made it there right at the end of the night and my camera battery had died. Like all these places, they slowly open up more and more as the decommissioning continues. I think there's more to be found here and I'm glad others are making the effort as it's probably the best bit of industry south of the M25 at the moment! :)
     
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    mockney reject 28DL Regular User
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    Its a great site and I'm surprised more havn't done it
    As for more to be found, I plan to head back and see if i can find those Turbines......
     
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    Had a good look for the turbines on my visit a while back and looked as though they were long gone although we may have missed them as there were one or two other building we didn't get a chance to check in the area they would be located.
    Nice to see this during the day and the labs look interesting. Good effort mate.
     
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    Me too
     
  11. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    'two CHP facilities, a steam turbine and a steam turbine generator.'
     
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    I wonder it an "appointment to view"

    Or a request for pictures before viewing is available lol
     
  13. Dempsey

    Dempsey The Human Turbine.
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    Either the steam turbines are ultra modern and housed outside, or its in a dedicated building out back, whereby there are gas turbines, or boilers outside. Someone needs to sack off looking in all of the big buildings and run down to the railway side to see what we have on our hands. Its all clear on maps.
     
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