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Report - Nestle Factory, Hayes. - October 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Stitches, May 18, 2016.

  1. Stitches

    Stitches 28DL Full Member
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    So after 4 years being registered on this site its probably time I contributed a little, even if its a site that's been done already. And was last year..

    Here's some history on the place, stolen from @clebby , hope you don't mind:​

    "The factory was opened in 1913 by Eugen Sandow, regarded by many as the father of modern bodybuilding, of all things, who rose to prominence in the late nineteenth century and who claimed that chocolate was the source of his strength. This business venture was to prove a failure, however, and having been taken over by Hayes Cocoa just three years later in 1916, it was then bought by Nestlé and production began in 1929. Shortly after the takeover, Nestlé were approached by the Brazilian Coffee Institute who were looking for ways to deal with their surplus coffee supplies. Nestlé began experimenting with ways to dry and capture the flavours of the beans, and after eight years of trial and error, the world's first instant coffee was devised and introduced to the market in 1939. The Hayes factory was earmarked as the site that would roll the revolutionary new product off the line, and tonnes of it were sent over to troops fighting in the Second World War. Hayes also produced some of the company's chocolate products until the end of the 1990s, when all of the factory was given over to the production of coffee."

    So on with the visit.
    We turned up to the site after not much research after one of our five strong group found a news article on the factory closing down. A good stretch of the legs was required after the car journey so a walk around the perimeter was in order. We made our way past the high razor spiked fence, past the main gate with the security hut and over the river at the end; it was while I was halfway though my meal-deal purchase from Tesco that we spotted a good way in that would require little effort or speed. It was about 10AM at this point and we all figured we should make our way in soon as we wanted as much daylight as possible while in the factory.

    Bish Bash Bosh and we were soon walking along the rear road of the factory compound looking for open doors and ways to get into the factory itself. As we were in a large group we split into two parties, I was in the first group and we were to find a way in and then call the other half and give details to eventually rendezvous somewhere inside. Our way in involved a strong stench of pigeon feces but was a sure fire way in and we found an office to make ourselves comfortable in to call the other group.

    Complications arose and the first group and myself were now wandering the factory snapping away.

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    A lot of the corridors looked like this, pretty basic really.
    After wandering for a fair bit group 1 decided we were going to head to the main roof and wait for group 2, we eventually got there and I was able to eat the remainder of my meal deal. We were being far from sneaky and soon we saw a familiar vehicle in yellow and blue livery pull into the main gates as well as a guard in High-Vis patrolling the buildings. We kept an eye out but were not ready to leave the factory yet.

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    Group 2 finally joined us and after a lunch break we were back walking along the echoey, coffee scented corridors in search of machinery and whatever else this place had to offer. We came to a room with lots of small blue pipes that reminded me a little of the classic Millennium Mills, just in slightly better condition and a floor that was covered in black sticky tar-like stuff.

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    We took our shots and wandered a little more, feeling quite comfortable now and were conversing at a regular volume. We came across another room that these pipes in and large tanks with more pipes leading off in different directions.

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    Another break was needed so we looked for a way out onto one of the lower factory roofs to breathe fresh air and think of our next move.

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    Brings back memories of Pye in all its glory.
    Back to walking in more corridors we came into the kitchen, all of which was in pristine condition as if it was left yesterday. In a room leading off from the kitchen we found something quite special, 4 pool tables still with ques and balls! We were setting up to play a game when all fell quiet.. A faint beeping could be heard from the corridor outside. Naturally we went to investigate and it turned out to be nothing. Our attention shifted to the loss of daylight and we set our sights on leaving.

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    Not wanting to exit the way we entered we were making our way to the razor topped main fence. It was dark now and the floodlights on top of the mobile CCTV units were now lit so we cranked the pace up to a jog when going past these points. We started one by one climbing over the fence. Mid way through the third member of the groups climb the Neighborhood Warden decided he would drive past and then stop, presumably to ask for directions or ask what the meaning of life is. Nevertheless myself and the three remaining group members on the other side of the fence did not hang around to find out and a run back through the factory compound's roads ensued, past the floodlit CCTV units back to our entry point.
    When we were back on the other side of the factory fence we saw pretty blue flashing lights in the distance where the main gates to the factory were. And as we all know, you shouldn't go towards the light!
    In the end we met not far away and a celebratory McDeez was what we needed.

    A very good day spent with very good people, cheers!
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  2. clebby

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    Good read, not enough pictures. I wanna see pool tables!
     
  3. Stitches

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    the only pic of the pool tables were blurry and bad, we got distracted by the beeping, sorry mate!
     
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