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Report - Lucas/Denso Factory, B'ham, Demolition - June '09

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Derelict-UK, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Derelict-UK

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    I was recently contacted by the owner of www.lucasmemories.co.uk to see if I would like to go down and capture some of the old Lucas factories final moments during its demolition.

    Of course I didn't say no, the last time I was here it was nearly 2 months ago, and it was a complete (though stripped and bare) factory and all walls standing. They started demolishing it 6 weeks ago and have 10 weeks left to clear the site ready for the new build of a retirement village.

    When I was walking around, I asked the site manager if he had found any underground factories as I heard that there was a shadow factory and he said the place was littered with bunkers and the shadow factory with a warren of tunnels. This said, he also told me that when moving their heavy machinery into the site, they had to break through and fill them in as otherwise their vehicles would have fallen through!!

    As it was an official visit, I could not go in to some places I would of liked to do as Health and Safety got in the way, but tbh I'm not complaining and respect the time the site manager took to take me round.

    The Lucas family was THE biggest employer in Birmingham at one point .

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    One of the underground rooms still visible...

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    This was apparently the deepest basement they found (now filled in) but there are still tunnels and small rooms you can see that join on to it just at the sides of the rubble...

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    Stairs up to the cafe...

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    The cafe...

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    View back on to the site...

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    Continued...


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    The pile of rubble in the distance is another underground room...

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  3. dglp

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    This looks to be the Shaftmoor Lane site. Am wondering when the Formans Road complex got smashed. The local history & nostalgia sites seem to have no mention
     
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    This is/was the Shaftmoor Lane site, but then this was in 2009 and I think it is now a retirement home.
     
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    Pretty sure it's still an empty site, as with Formans Road, which is also meant to be a 'retirement village'. Will think to check next time I'm passing
     
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