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Report - Bass Maltings - Sleaford - Apr 15

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by ledgehammer, Apr 15, 2015.

  1. ledgehammer

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    This place was built between 1901 and 1906 for the sole purpose of facilitating three key stages in the beer making process. The site was originally purchased by Bass Ratcliff & Greeton Ltd in 1901 and plans for the huge site were prepared by Mr H A Couchman who had prepared designs for various other Bass projects. The site itself comprises of approximately 500,000 sq ft of floorspace and cost at the time roughly £350,000 to construct. The main construction comprises of 8 huge malt houses, a large central water tower close to a tall chimney and the engine houses plus a few smaller ancillary buildings.

    Considered to be of special architectural and historical interest, the Sleaford Bass Malting’s were Grade II listed in 1974. only two years later a severe fire spread through the central area which suffered considerable damage. Despite the intensity of the blaze, the structural integrity of the majority of the buildings remained intact due to the quality of the original construction, and this fact probably played a key role in saving the building from demolition when an application was made in 1982.

    In 2011 it was announced that the site which had been previously placed on the ‘at risk’ registry maintained by the English Heritage, had now become a national priority. Plans which were announced to develop the site into mixed housing, offices and apartments have currently been stalled by Local Sleaford Council decisions not to sell off land which would lead to a new road being build to allow better access for a proposed new Tesco store. No doubt after tougher negotiations take place the sale of the land will go through and the area will be redeveloped. It will be positive to see these buildings put back into use.

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    Was first on our Lincolnshire Itinerary, needs little introduction but I had been made aware of it as a result of a drone clip, has anyone come across any "drone folk" on their urbexing?... Access was pretty easy, and once you're in you can access a few of the buildings from the walkways which look more daunting than they are. Nice water tower also, with nice views, although you are seriously exposed...

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    best...
     
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  2. KM_Punk

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    You have been a busy boy ain't you. Always enjoy reports from this place :thumb you've got some nice shots, well done
    Cheers for sharing
     
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    ha ha, technically, 7 sites in one day - we were lucky with what we got, although too late for the asylums in lincoln.... :-(
     
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    There's shit loads in Lincolnshire, I could spend a fews days there and not run out of places.
     
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    Another nice set there...

    We took an AR Parrott drone to Willington cooling towers last year - alright for a bit of fun but a bit of a distraction for most places I'd say!
     
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    Liking these mate, nicely shot and especially as you've not HDR'd the F#ck out of the spiral staircase which seems to be the Nero ;)

    Exposed is an understatement for the water tower, Secca spotted me from a mile away driving over to do his rounds lol

    Combining Aerial footage and photography is a royal pain in the arse even more if it involves losing the quad behind enemy lines. Permissive visit would be better for any large site IMO, saves avoiding secca near misses etc etc
    I do have 100 min of HD footage from Whittington Asylum though if you fancy editing it for me lol
     
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    cheers

    yeh I bet losing your drone is a pain,

    I have footage from this day to go through yet, time is the luxury - plus its been a few years since I have done any video editing.
     
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    awesome
     
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    Amazing report, I worked near this last year but never got chance to go and have a look
     
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    Go, you're only in Derby. If you don't drive, there's a train station pretty much next door. It'll be worth it
     
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    heres the vid, had to chop some footage due to light (certain spiral staircase e.t.c), but you get the gist...


    p.s this sit looks like the developers are going to move in soon?

    best...
     
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    Nice one mate :thumb

    I remember looking down from the tower as Secca pulled up to the gate watching me :coat lol
     
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    gutted, we were both lucky and early, the more I hear the more I'm thinking it was more "lucky" ;-)

    best...
     
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    Quite funny really, i"m there thinking shit skies for Landscapes, and he"s driving down the dual carriageway a mile away thinking oh look another knob on the tower lol

    He was Mint TBH :thumb as for PC Jobsworth Angry Bastard & his angry Dog unit mate by my car, that"s another story :wanker
     
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