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Report - Cincinnati Machine Tools (Office Buildings), Birmingham - October 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by BrainL, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. BrainL

    BrainL 28DL Full Member
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    The Visit
    Having tried this place a few times over the past six months we managed to get into the technical centre a few weeks back and returned determined to finish what we had started! After some tricky access we managed a nice 3 hour explore but missed secca by a mere 30 seconds. Literally as we got in the car outside the secca van arrived and opened the gates!

    The History
    Cincinnati Machine Tools was a world renowned manufacturer of milling machines. In the 1950's a large factory and modern headquarters was built alongside the canal at Erdington. The buildings are a striking post war modernist statement running along a traditional section of Birmingham waterway, with a single curved span concrete bridge connecting the main entrance to the opposite bank. The design has a particularly modern transatlantic feel when compared to many other contemporary industrial headquarters.

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  2. Lost Explorer

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    Good to see this place is open again! Good set of photos :)
     
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  3. BrainL

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    Thanks mate, I don't think it's anymore open than it has been in the past, took us a long time to get in there haha
     
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    Nice set of shots mate. Some of those came out way better than mine.
     
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    Always liked the look of this place, that floor tiling is mad and the whole place seems to have a real American vibe about it.

    Nice shots :thumb
     
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    shouldnt this be in industrial?
     
  7. BrainL

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    I put the factory area in the industrial section but as this is just purely an office building I thought it best to keep in others.

    Admin, if this is wrong please feel free to move
     
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    Aye I've moved it to industrial, it's where it belongs really.

    Good to see it again, looks like it's holding up fairly well...
     
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    Really nice work there :thumb
    was sealed up tight when we visited :(
     
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    Days are numbered for this place. Noticed a lot of vandalism happening lately when driving past and now the demolition signs have gone up.
     
  11. BrainL

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    I heard its recently been bought by a housing company who plan to build new homes on the site..
     
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    Been going there now for the past couple of months. Since early march builders have been demolishing the factory out back and have been removing asbestos from the buildings. The office building is now empty no chairs or tables, nothing its sad to see an interesting building like this go to waste just for homes, it could of been used for anything, even a skatepark.
     
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    That would of been us ☺️
     
  14. BrainL

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    Does that mean you vandalised it or you put the demolition signs up :)
     
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    Abit of both really just helping them do their job as its days are numbered only about a month left till its all gone now as i asked the builder in there lool. One end of the building has been smashed off now ill show u a pic soon.
     
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