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Report - Manor Park Brewery - Molson Coors -Hampshire - December 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by TrevBish, Dec 7, 2015.

  1. TrevBish

    TrevBish www.TrevBish.co.uk
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    I have had this on my to do list for 1 year. living only 20 minutes away I have always kept a close eye on the place. One day I passed it and it was empty. I kept looking and would always see activity during the week and the weekend. One day we decided it was time, not expecting to gain entry or get anywhere near the place as the security are still on site and you see them when you drive pass. We decided to give it a go and after finding a way in we looked for access into the main building, looking for a good hour we were about to give up. looking through the window you can see the heaters on in the canteen, a newspaper which was a day old and food on the table. We carried on searching and eventually found access. We had been past a few CCTV cameras and we were expecting the security van any minute, but no nothing. So we proceeded! Tickets are on sale now for the tour bus which are available from my website and I will have a burger van there this weekend! lol

    History:

    It was announced exactly 1 year ago that the brewery would close with a job lose of over 100 people.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-30386682

    It officially closed in May and they had an auction in November to sell the equipment off. The decommissioning process is underway and due to be completed by the end of 2015.

    There have been a number of breweries in Alton since 1763. Coors Brewing Company (among the ten largest brewers in the world) had a brewery in Alton for fifty years, which produced Carling, Grolsch and Worthington. It closed in 2015 because it lost work from Heineken.
    The Coors Alton Brewery Coors Alton employed 125 to brew beer for such brands as Carling, Worthington’s, Grolsch, Arc Lager and package it into 11- or 22-gallon kegs. Alton also supplies beer by tanker to regional brewers. The present Coors brewery was built in 1963 to make Harp Lager. In 1995 its then owner, Bass, carried out a cost-cutting operations review. As beer sales fell, Alton’s future began to look uncertain. In Alton’s workforce, 30-plus years of service is not uncommon. But between 1994 and 1996 the site had had three general managers, “each one,” says Alton’s last general manager, Gordon Stirton, “with his own ideas” for moving forward. When Stirton took over in 1996 he inherited a lot of bad feeling. A year earlier every employee had had to re-apply for his or her job. “It was fairly brutal,” says Stirton, “and a lot of people felt upset about that. We had to bring people on board”. The Alton workforce had hardly settled when, in May and June 2000 Interbrew of Belgium bought Whitbread, then Bass. Then in 2002 the Alton brewery was bought by Coors.



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  2. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    Nice! i knew it would be modern-ish in there but that looks much better than expected. The control area is great and old beer and photos too.

    Quarter Pounder with cheese please!
     
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  3. Els

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    Nice little find mate. Love those 50's control rooms.
     
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    That's a retro floor!!

    Nice work, more Fountain bridge than Courage'esque'
     
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  5. Camera Shy

    Camera Shy Old enough to know better
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    Tasty, very tasty.
     
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  6. professor frink

    professor frink Pro Snorer Skiff
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    Those retro levers and buttons are calling out to be pushed and pulled, there are some nice features in there.
     
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    Landie_Man "Landie" or Harry :-)
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    That's pretty epic mate. Loving it. I really like the old control rooms and the floor. Well shot.
     
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  9. Dave W

    Dave W Industrial Pornographer
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    More like late 70's early 80's control room. Staircase is 50's but the alloy framed glazed partition, control desks and floor are all much later.

    Looks an interesting site - plenty of unmodernised features from some of my favourite era's. Good to see
    Dave
     
  10. Speed

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    Well it was built in 1963 I belive.
     
  11. AndyK

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    Loving that control room.
     
  12. TheTimeChamber

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    That old control board is a beauty!
     
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    Yes, the control room is brilliant... awesome pics and report :thumb
     
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    Very nice, is there a discount for group bookings ?
     
  15. wesleybrown

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    Message me monk, I can do you a good rate on group bookings, even throw in the tour bus
     
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