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Report - Castmaster Roll – Attercliffe, Sheffield – December 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by mockney reject, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. mockney reject

    mockney reject 28DL Regular User
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    The history


    Castmaster roll was a Sheffield based manufacturing firm that collapsed into administration with the loss of nearly 80 jobs and owing more than £500,000 to creditors. More than 140 local and national companies were owed money in the wake of the collapse of Castmaster Roll, based at the Eagle Foundry in Attercliffe. The business went into administration in October and as no new buyer could be found, all 78 workers have lost their jobs and the firm’s assets are being sold.


    The firm had reported a trading loss for three years in a row before going into administration, including a £400,000 loss for the year ending January 31, 2014. Details included in the papers of administrator KPMG show £502,353 was owed to different companies at the time of administration.

    The report said delayed and non-payment of invoices had put the company under ‘significant pressure from its creditors’ in the months prior to administration. A report also reveals that between KPMG’s appointment in October and December 5, it claimed costs of more than £324,000 for handling the administration.

    KPMG said it is uncertain how much money – if any – will be returned to unsecured creditors as a sale of assets is yet to be concluded. Administrators have also said they are ‘continuing to assess the causes of the company’s failure’. It comes after Sheffield MP Clive Betts called for a ‘thorough investigation’ into how Castmaster Roll failed. The Sheffield South East MP said staff had told him the company appeared to be in good shape before it went into administration. He said: “I’m calling on the administrators to undertake a thorough investigation into how a company with good order books and more orders coming through the door has sadly managed to get into such difficulties.”

    The firm produced iron and steel quality rolls, discs and sleeves for the manufacturing and food processing industry. The Stevenson Road site began making gas lamps more than a century ago and became a roll maker about 95 years ago. It was known as the Davy Roll Company but, after going into receivership, it was reborn as Castmaster Roll in the mid-2000s, taken over by new owner Mel Farrar.

    The Explore

    Myself and @slayaaaa popped into Sheffield to see a mate of mine who owns a garage there and thought we would check this out while we were there. He also gave us a tip off to another place I will post later.

    We had a bit of a cat an mouse game with some electricity board workers at getting in here but after a while got into the main building. There’s not much to see there and the building is pretty much stripped. The stocked up medical room is sadly long gone. The site itself is pretty typical of a British engineering works and of a fairly decent site.

    We had a good climb up the cranes and a general mooch about the site, before heading off to our next destination.


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  2. BrainL

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    Medical room was there a month or so back.. not accessible from the main building now though, have to out and back in again, drop me a PM if you ever go back and I'll give you more details of how we found it
     
  3. mockney reject

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    We found what looked like the medical room but it had been stripped

    Maybe we got the wrong room. Doh!
     
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    The room isn't actually accessed from within the main building, the door to the medical room opens out onto a courtyard type thing with the shower rooms and air raid shelter next door
     
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    It may have been stripped as I heard from a friend in the fire brigade they think the fire last month was caused by people attempting to steal cable which shorted the transformer causing the fire. So pikeys could have had it all away.
     
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    That certainly sounds possible in that area as there was power when we went in them rooms. Shame if that's been destroyed, some interesting bits and bobs in there
     
  7. Dave W

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    Still haven't seen any photos posted up from the epic company offices over the road....
     
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    I have thought that too however there always seems to be a car parked there. Another place I would love to see is the old buildings on the roadside of forgemasters they look like they haven't been in use for 30 years and must be steeped in history. I think it's the vickers building.

    Edit- I have just found this site and wow it's beautiful it's full of marble and wood panelling.
    can't post link due to 28dl censorship but Google it
     
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  9. Dave W

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    Fair play - I was under the impression the main bit of the vickers building was in use by forgemasters. Mind you it was probably ten years ago that I looked!. Shame the photos are a HDR mess.

    Cast master offices are empty. At least at weekends.
     
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    They may be however I would be surprised as the windows are that dirty you can't see through them.
     
  11. Speed

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    Oh ignore that
     
  12. Vertigo

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    Judging by the pictures on the what I presume is a "banned members" website it look out of use. I did come across a news article about them renovating it all but that was 2009.

    Anyway sorry op for hijacking. Great pictures such a shame it's been stripped.
     
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    those stretchers were pretty mint, may have been worth something...
     
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