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Report - Millennium Mills- February 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Umbra, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Umbra

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    Preamble

    Me and Woodcraft decided to check out this foreboding relic from a time long since past, crossing the land in-between aloud us to take in the scale of the building whilst planning our approach.

    Looking round the building revealed extensive work was under-way, airlock chambers have been installed and scaffolding has gone up in a number of places. After half an hour of searching we eventually worked out a way to get into the main building, for anyone thinking of visiting the way we did you will require athleticism and a very slim build.

    The History

    The Millennium Mills is a derelict turn of 20th century flour mill in West Silvertown on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock, between the Thames Barrier and the ExCel exhibition centre alongside the newly built Britannia village, in Newham, London, England. Along with Millennium Mills, there remains a small section of the now destroyed Rank Hovis Premier Mill and a restored grade II listed grain silo, labelled the ‘D’ silo. Described as a "decaying industrial anachronism standing defiant and alone in the surrounding subtopia", the Millennium Mills has become a well-loved icon of post-industrial Britain and has made its way into many aspects of popular culture, being used as a backdrop in films and television shows such as Ashes to Ashes and Derek Jarman's The Last of England. Millennium Mills is also a destination for Urban Explorers despite high security, dangers of structural weakness, ten-storey drops and asbestos, and there are many reports and internal photos of the site.

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    To see an extra thirty pictures you can head over to Flickr, hopefully you'll find some unique shots in the album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/103995488@N03/sets/72157650589985971/

    Disclaimer: This building is undergoing a significant removal of asbestos and as such some areas are no go due to the airlock system and the significant risk of asbestos exposure. FFP3 respirators should be used at the very least in non-sealed areas, I'm not responsible for your actions should you choose to enter this building, should you subsequently breach any of the airlocks and expose yourself to asbestos particles you only have yourself to blame.

    Health & safety executive + Take five and stay alive
    http://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/
    http://www.take5andstayalive.com/t/what-is-asbestos
     
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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    Nice, you've covered it quite well, and certainly seen some of the more interesting stuff there. I really need to get back there.
     
  3. Tomska

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    Its a very tight squeeze ;) good stuff! :thumb
     
  4. jcreedy

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    I love this old place. Never gets boring.
     
  5. Pest

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    I thought this place was well and truly sealed up now. Anybody know whether the old Rank Hovis Section is going to be retained or not?
     
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