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Report - Great Northern Corn Warehouse - Nottingham - June 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by daftlad, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. daftlad

    daftlad 28DL Full Member
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    I know this place has been done many times before but its been a few years so thought I would give an update:

    History

    The great northern railway company had the warehouse built in 1857 to be used in conjunction with the station located next door. It was designed by T C Hine, a Nottingham architect, who's design incorporated one of the biggest technological advancement of the time. By using iron suspension rods the roof was able to span a huge void therefore giving the maximum space to store the corn.

    The Grade II listed building still stands next to the current railway tracks and was sold by Nottingham city council to a new owner with the contractual obligation that the building will be restored. Unfortunately in 1998 an arson attack ripped the building apart causing the roof to collapse and the wooden sack hoists to be removed. One area of the warehouse was that damaged that it is now just the shell of the original building that is only held up by scaffolding.

    In 2000 the owner was refused permission to demolish the site therefore causing him to sell to a new owner. The current owner has plans to begin stabilization work on the structure to keep it from falling further into ruin.


    The warehouse before the fire that ripped it apart.
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    Drawings of how the building was designed to look
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    The station that used the warehouse was closed in the late 1980's but the building was preserved and converted into a Virgin Active Fitness center that still stands today.
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    A map of how the area used to look. In the center you can see London road station (Pictured above) and to the right of that (The two large rectangles) is the great northern corn warehouse so you can see they were built very close to one another.
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    Explore

    Visited with @NottsLad

    Having been here before I expect the explore to be quite an easy one but unfortunately the way in we had found had since been boarded up so we were forced to find a new entry way. After quite a lot of climbing we finally found ourselves at the warehouse. The bottom floor windows and doors have all been bricked up which made entry inside more difficult but not impossible.


    The beams that supported structures on the outside of the building are all still in place.
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    What looks like offices now left ruined with the walls kicked in and only the wooden frames remaining
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    The bridge was used to connect the two warehouses and the small building housed toilets and other smaller work area.
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    The second of the two warehouses is now only a shell after being ripped apart by the fire.
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    There is a lift at either end of the warehouse that runs from the bottom floor all the way up to the roof.
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    The big doors once used to move corn in and out of the upper floors now leads to nothing but i deadly fall
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    Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed.
     
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  2. KM_Punk

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    Nicely done :thumb
    You've got a good amount of history here, nice to see some old plans and maps of the place
    Looking forward to more stuff from Nottingham :thumb
     
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  3. daftlad

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    Cheers man! Hoping to get a few more explores done soon so will have some reports up after that!
     
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  4. The Wombat

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    That's a well written comprehensive report
    Good work :thumb
     
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  5. Alohomora

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    :thumb Nice one daft_lad, I wanted to go here and still might lol but all in all an informative photographed decent report!!!! :thumb

    P.s did you manage beech baths???
     
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  6. UrbanCaving

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    Nice one mate :)
     
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    Good work and great report. Enjoyed that.
     
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  8. daftlad

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    Naah not managed to! The people I wanted to go with have gone on holiday so would have to go on my own :/ might still go though at work all weekend though
     
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    Mates ey, typical..... If ya went on ya own it would deffo be an adventure lol adds to the "risk"... I'd be quick though as from what it sounds like the buildings gonna be demolished soon
     
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  10. daftlad

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    Yeah I heard that! They are supposed to be back next week!

    I'm all about lowering thr risk not raising it :p
     
  11. NottsLad

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    Nice report mate, i might upload a few more images if i have anymore for example of inside. Looking forward to more explores!
     
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  12. elhomer12

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    Nice :thumb Wanted to explore this place myself a while back as I'd see it every time I got the train home from uni. It's not worth the effort now for me though.
     
  13. daftlad

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    That's how I found it! Whenever I came back from uni I would spot it!
     
  14. elhomer12

    elhomer12 0118999881999119725...3
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    I've spotted a few things from trains that I had to go and check out myself, especially old railway stuff, its an alright way of seeing things you wouldn't normally see from the roads
     
  15. Alohomora

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    Yeah the good thing about trains is they take you through all the back roots and quiet places that day to day you wouldn't even know existed lol
     
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