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Report - British Celanese, Spondon November 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by knighthawk, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. knighthawk

    knighthawk 28DL Full Member
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    I have past this site many times as I live in Derby.Then thought it would be intresting to get in side have mooch and take some photos.Talking to acid-reflux he said he was also intrested going inside having good old look and could bring *********** who had all ready been inside. So we met up very early one moring the guys went in one way as I was too short go in the way they went in so I went another way in with much higher risk been seen but I made too guys in one peace. Both guys where ball to be with and amazing time exploring the site with them. So big thanks to *********** and Acid-Reflux

    Since been back home I have asked my Dad why the site shut down the reason was it was costing far to much money to power the plant. So the have moved product back to States. ​

    The origins of the company lie with two brothers, Henri and Camille Dreyfus. In 1912 they set up "Cellonit Gesellschaft Dreyfus and Co" in Basel, Switzerland. In 1916 the brothers were invited to live in Britain by the British Government, to produce their recently developed cellulose acetate dope for the war effort; the canvas skins of aircraft of the time were sealed and made taut with nitrocellulose dope, which was easily ignited by bullets.[2] They developed the necessary plant and "British Cellulose and Chemical Manufacturing Co" was registered on March 18, 1916.[3] The British Government patented the process developed by Henri Dreyfus, which lowered the costs of acetic anhydride production,[4] an important reagent in the production of cellulose acetate. At the end of World War I, the British Government cancelled all contracts and the company changed to produce acetate fibres. In 1923[5] the company name was changed to British Celanese Ltd, a contraction of cellulose and ease.[6] Softer and stronger, as well as being cheaper to produce than other fabrics used at the time such as satin or taffeta, Celanese was used in the production of garments.[7]

    British Celanese was the first factory in Britain to produce propylene and from it isopropyl alcohol and acetone in 1942.[8]

    Clarifoil production developed out of cellulose acetate yarn technology. Clarifoil full-scale production commenced from 1947.

    Henri Dreyfus died in 1944. Camille Dreyfus died in 1956.

    In 1957, British Celanese was taken over by Courtaulds.[9] The site is now operated by Celanese.

    The plant finally closed after the last shift on Wednesday 14th November 2012.

    British Celanese had its principal manufacturing facility at Spondon in Derby. The site was constructed between 1916-1918[5][11] by Sir Robert McAlpine with £5million provided by the War Office.[5] Over 30million bricks were used in the construction, and the original site covered 121 hectares

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  2. mattdonut

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    nice to see more,
    some stuff we missed when we went
    good work
     
  3. wellingtonian

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    Good stuff dude. Missed a shit load of stuff in here. Must get back.
     
  4. Seffy

    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    Good show dude. Might go and see this one day..
     
  5. ACID- REFLUX

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    Very nice pics "V" liking these a lot :thumb

    My fave" is the Acid wash tank :)......never found that Acid Reflux one again :(

    Nice to meet up for laughs and severe challenges that were eventually overcome ;) & we"ll forget DRI please let me forget it...please :eek:

    I should have changed my lens for some more selective shots, but as it was very dusty for some reason :rolleyes: i thought i"d save my sensor :)

    I completely missed that other control room...god knows what i was doing to miss it ? answers on a postcard :)

    Talking of *********** :sleep:sleep:sleep lol
     
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    Very nice set, good work :thumb
     
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    Nice set. Is what you've posted all that's left now that it's being torn down?
     
  8. Telf

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    I completely missed that other control room...god knows what i was doing to miss it ? answers on a postcard :)


    Was you doing selfies with ye pants down? :D
     
  9. Will Knot

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    Splendid report and pics.....that control room looks epic.....thanks for sharin':thumb
     
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    Nice photos, good to see people are still getting in here

    I wouldn't wait too long, demo work was well underway about 8 weeks ago
     
  11. knighthawk

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    I am still laughing about when *********** made me jump with that fire extinguisher trick
     
  12. JaneEyre

    JaneEyre The clumsiest explorer in Yorkshire!
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    what isi with urbexers and fire extinguishers ;) , nice shots midear xx
     
  13. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Only certain ones JE (shakes head ):crazy :)
     
  14. knighthawk

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    When you going put your shots up tried make sure I put diffent ones up than you took
     
  15. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Don"t worry mine will certainly be different ;)

    I was solo 1/2 the time don"t forget & you never know what i can get up too on my own :popcorn

    My shots ? er......... :tumbleweed about 2016 i expect, with the backlog i"ve got :D

    Not really looked at mine TBH, just stuck them on the HD deleted the ones that were obviously trashed due to the lens being covered in Fire Extinguisher Powder :rolleyes:

    I finally sorted Sundays to do stuff out & actually managed 3 hours sleep (give or take the odd DRI nightmare :eek: and back out again yesterday for another nightmare lol
     
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