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Report - British Sugar Ipswich, May 2009

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by A man called Martyn, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. A man called Martyn

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    This was an evenings pit stop on the way home from spending the day on Ordfordness,explored in the company of Bubblehead and Tunnel lover.Bubblehead entered the buildings in the true spirit of an urban Ninja, while for myself taking inspiration from Jeremy Clarkson in effort to prove Urban Exploration need not be hard walked round a corner and found the door was open.Later on we would spend some time hiding from a group of teenagers on site.Sadly it was getting to late in the day to have the time to take in the site.
    Still time for a bit of history from wikipedia.

    British Sugar plc is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods and the sole British producer of sugar from sugar beet.

    British Sugar processes all sugar beet grown in the UK and produces about half of the UK's quota of sugar, with the remainder covered by Tate & Lyle and imports. British Sugar and the growers fix a contract called the "Inter Professional Agreement" determining price paid for beet grown and the allocation of growers' quotas. The National Farmers Union (NFU) is the negotiator for the growers.

    The British Sugar Corporation was a company that was formed in 1936, when the British parliament nationalised the entire sugar beet crop processing industry, under the banner of British Sugar Corporation. At this time there were 13 separate companies with 18 factories across the country. In 1972 it began selling its sugar products under the name of Silver Spoon.

    In 1977 a rights issue decreased the government holding from 36% to 24%. It was taken over by Berisford International in 1982 and in May of that year the company name was shortened to British Sugar plc.

    It was sold on 2 January 1991 to Associated British Foods (ABF) after a crash in property values affected Berisford. ABF had attempted to purchase in the late 1980s but the stockmarket downturn had stopped their move.

    In 1981 the Ely, Felsted, Nottingham and Selby factories closed after a reduction in the allowed sugar quota. This was followed by the closure of a site at Spalding in 1989, Peterborough and Brigg in 1991, King's Lynn in 1994, Bardney and Ipswich in 2001, Kidderminster in 2002, and Allscott and York in 2007. The site at Allscott, which opened in 1927, near Telford, Shropshire, was closed because it "lacked scale" to be run economically, while the site at York, North Yorkshire (opened 1926) was closed due to the poor crop yields in northern England.[1]

    Of the 18 factories which were owned by the British Sugar Corporation, it currently only processes beet at four - Bury St Edmunds, Cantley, Norfolk (the first British sugar factory, 1912), Newark-on-Trent and Wissington, Norfolk near Stoke Ferry. The Newark and Bury sites are also major packaging plants for Silver Spoon. The 12 sites already closed have been sold and decommissioned to various degrees - many large concrete silos (for storing the major product, white granulated sugar) still remain even where the sites have been closed, including those at the Kidderminster factory which was closed in 2002 and was sold off in 2006, and Ipswich. Allscott has now been completely demolished. Spalding has been replaced by a gas-fired power station.


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