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Report - British Celanese, Spondon - March 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by clebby, Apr 4, 2014.

  1. clebby

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    British Celanese, Spondon.

    Visited on numerous occasions with a number of explorers.

    History from wikipedia:

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    First off I'd like to express thanks to Boba Low and drhowser for their help regarding the site, however those guys had focused their efforts on the nearby power station; no one had yet explored the absurd factory that sits decaying just a few hundred feet away. As a result myself and PopPunkJamie had no idea what to expect when we rocked up in early March, and initially it didn't look promising; perimeter littered with dome cameras, red Defender patrolling etc etc. However as always a bit of persistence paid off.

    If you haven't already been here then might I suggest you make the effort. It's easily the biggest site I've ever seen and there's so much still to see here it's bordering on the ridiculous.

    Security's shit too which is always a bonus.

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    Looking through my pictures I realise that I've neglected to include photographs of the more heavy industrial side of things - my humble kit lens just isn't up to it (that's my excuse for my shit photos anyway). Instead, I've focused more on the production floors and workshops in this report; I'm sure that Speed et al. will post the bigger stuff in the near future.

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    Interesting to think that the worlds first synthetic fibres were developed on site, maybe in this very room.

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    Moving on to acetate tow; I think the fibre was spun in these machines:

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    Before being compressed into filter tow for fag ends in these large presses:

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    Electrical workshops:

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    Warehouses:

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    Technical workshops:

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    More spinning machines:

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    Love these original silos:

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    And there we are. I'm acutely aware that my photos aren't up to scratch. I tried to edit them better as well but I think I just made them look scabby and now I can't find the originals. H8in lyf.

    I can't see open season lasting forever so I suggest you make the effort sooner rather than later. I've also posted a map in the maps and plan forum which shows you the live bit of the site to avoid. Stay safe kiddos!
     

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  2. Leeds(Ex)plorer

    Leeds(Ex)plorer 28DL Regular User
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    thats somke cool shit :thumb really good report nowt wrong with the pics either!
     
  3. professor frink

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    People mourn the loss of Pyestock, fuck Pyestock this is the new Pyestock.
     
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    Rik UE 28DL Regular User
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    Well never got to see Pyestock, so this will be my Pyestock!

    Great report and photographs aren't bad at all.

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Love the last couple of photos, I am a rooftop person!
     
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    host 28DL Regular User
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    Boom baby, full of win and well done for getting it done..
     
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    Spinning machine shots for me = awesome.
     
  7. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    This is bloody lovely :). How did this get missed beforehand?
     
  8. jST

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    Top drawer.
     
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    Wevsky A Predisposed Tourist
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    Very nice indeed mate,pics aint bad atal :thumb
     
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    Very nice :thumb
     
  11. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    To be fair its nothing like pyestock. Other than size thats about all its got in common
     
  12. Keynsham

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    "Before being compressed into filter tow for fag ends in these large presses:"
    No. These are filter presses for filtering the dope. A thick filter cloth goes over each plate then the hydraulics are used to clamp it all tight. Then pump your solution of cellulose acetate in acetone through (under very high pressure because acetate dope is like treacle) and it should be free from bits that would block the spinnerettes.
    Nice to see the place again, from a safe distance.
     
  13. darbians

    darbians 28DL Regular User
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    Not bad shots here. I think we may of scared each other when you didn't have your camera.
     
  14. clebby

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    Oh yes, bricks were shat. Never did get to thank you for giving us a lift back to the car by the way...
     
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    No worries mate, you are welcome.
     
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