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Report - Buckland Sand and Silica - Surrey - September 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by k_cb, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. k_cb

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    History / Information

    Located just west of Dorking, Surrey, Buckland Sand and Silica is a former family - run company, set up to provide sand of a high quality for the glass industry. The Amalgamated Roadstone Corporation then acquired the quarry in 1978, followed by Hanson in 1990. The site is now fallen into disrepair after Hanson decided to process their sand elsewhere. Nearby is the live quarry now owned and used by Hanson.

    The Explore

    Other than some interesting moments getting over barbed wire fencing (Bearing in mind this was our first 'proper' explore; as in we couldn't just walk in off of a footpath) and the birds/poultry giving us a few scares, it was a relaxing couple of hours spent inside the plant. A word of warning to anyone going though, the upper floor is somewhat dodgy in places, with the wooden floors sagging underfoot or gone completely in a lot of places - tread carefully!

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    Unfortunately getting exterior shots isn't the easiest thing to do, due to the overgrown nature of the site.

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    Moving inside, there is a wealth of machinery that is mostly intact, if somewhat dirty... Blame the pigeons!

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    Quite happy to see that this seems to be a new location on this site - I've only seen it previously covered on derelictplaces?

    I hope you enjoyed the report, any issues or questions let me know!
     

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  2. Longhairshitjob

    Longhairshitjob 28DL Full Member
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    Some great pics there dude. You are right about the dodgy floors and the lower level can be flooded.
    The extraction licence runs out soon and the site will be sold or abandoned, probable ending up as a big lake when the pumps keeping it dry are switched off.
     
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    Ooooh a scuba explore! :D

    Nice report. Thanks for documenting it here. :thumb
     
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    Nicely down...always nice to see something from surrey..well done
     
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    nice work dude
     
  6. k_cb

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    Cheers man! Yeah the worst part was going up one of the staircases into the hay storage area(the hay seemed fairly fresh, perhaps it's used by a farmer?)and the floor was literally sagging underneath us. I was surprised to find the lower level dry actually, in previous reports I've never seen it in any way other than under a couple of feet of water, so I think we were quite lucky on this one... Though the mud was like walking on ice, there was no grip whatsoever even in boots!

    Thanks! Yeah unfortunately as far as industrial stuff goes we live in the wrong part of the country for it, it seems the further north you go the more there is to explore!
     
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