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Report - BDM & Iron Mountain - Park Royal. Nov. 2012

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Circlemaker, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Circlemaker

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    :confusedA cold, dark, damp explore at Park Royal does not sound like a fun way to end your evening and indeed if the explore was not on the cards I would not recommend it my worst enemies (although some of them are probably based there anyway), for anyone who has visited it will appreciate the words, dreary, dull and uninspiring, however the recently formed West London collective of Me, Urbanpanda, Kris and Amydalism (plus friend) decided that we would go check out an impressive 6 floor warehouse structure near the Hanger Lane roundabout.
    Twizt did a quick search on his internet machine and reliably found out the following facts about it:

    “It's 628 Western Ave, used to house a couple of moving/storage firms (BDM and Iron Mountain). Park Plaza hotels bought it for £6million or £7million or so in June last year, they're currently pressing ahead with turning into a 158-162 room hotel with the USP of having great access to London and Heathrow.
    If you google "628 Western Avenue" you'll be able to find out loads about it, including some weird mock ups of the building in blue and white on google images.”

    After an initial perusal of the outskirts of the site entry was relatively easy and no one snagged any part of their clothing trying to get in.
    The grounds of the site is a mixture of rubble, concrete platforms (complete with dangerous dark holes to fall in), mounds of earth and tarmac areas for access. On the right hand side of the structure was a large steel girder tower which I recall held a stair way to the upper floors, a few years ago this was intact but presumably as it held easy access to anyone who wanted to inhabit the upper areas or the roof it was knocked down by health and safety or whoever the spoilsports might have been, so access was limited to 2 floors only, the ground floor and the basement floor. Unfortunately the basement floor had flooded and none of us brought wellies so it was decided that would have to wait this time round, besides access was a little hairy having to drop down into a 6-8 ft trench and then perhaps finding out you couldn’t get back out again without serious uncompromising effort.
    So we walked about the perimeter looking for a way in, in the bottom left corner was a camera, although first thought to be monitoring the likes of people like us, we subsequently found out the camera was aimed at the subway leading to Park Royal tube station, where presumably there was significant need to prevent employees from Diagio being held to ransom over the promise of large amounts of alcohol.
    So we struggled through our entry point far away from the camera and having all gained entry we soon discovered that 1) the camera was not on site, and 2) there was a door wide open on the other side of the building. Inside there was little evidence of occupancy from anyone both past of present bar Urbanpandas discovery of an area where a lone chocolate log had been dropped. There is a central lift shaft with difficult access and bar that little else apart from a table, an armchair and another seat. There is some graffiti on the walls which merits little artistic flair, so we grabbed some inner shots, went for a peak outside and called it a day. I would describe this as an entry level Urbex, but good fun never the less if you have nothing better to do.

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    More pics to come from Twizt
     
    #1 Circlemaker, Nov 7, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012

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