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Report - GKN Screw Factory, Birmingham - 16/6/09

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Adders, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. Adders

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    Having seen some old reports on this place I set about looking into it, expecting it to have been demolished as it's been over 2 years since the last report on here. I was then surprised to find out I was already researching the building after seeing it on my recent trip to the Abberley Street industrial estate in Smethwick.

    In Derelict UK's report (http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=8339) he mentions workmen errecting a metal fence in the outside area. This has now become a furniture company's factory and offices, and the front building has been renovated and now houses them. By my reckoning this is where the main entrance to the underground tunnels were. I found another way underground, next to the canal, but in every direction I went I was faced with a caved in ceiling, blocking off the tunnels. :banghead

    I had a good couple hour walk around the workshop area, and the logistics warehouse over the canal. Found an old foreman's manual which had LOADS of old handbooks and leaflets, including a 1969 social member card.

    A little history;
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    Staff locker room

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    Main workshop space

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    Some of the relics in the foreman's manual. It also housed the BIGGEST spider I've encountered exploring so far. Made me jump. :gay

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    A smaller workshop which was at the front of the building, through the next room were stairs to upstairs offices and the Gauge room.

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    I found "a few" screws on the ground, and couldn't resist.

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    These were in the Logistics warehouse the other side of the canal.

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    Gutted about the tunnels though. :( I wouldnl't mind heading back and checking out the roof though, ran out of light by the time I'd finished the buildings, so called it a day.
     

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