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Report - REPORT : Cabot Carbon , Stanlow : MAY2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Andyj23UK, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Andyj23UK

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    History : [ a brief history – devoid of any embellishments :p ]

    A firm called cabot make carbon for industrial use – they built a big fook of factory in stanlow , and made lots of carbon – then the shutt it and made lots o highly skilled people redundant – now its being knocked down – the end

    It is In the process of demolition , so if you have any inclination to go – get on with it , time and gravity wait for no man

    I had dicked about with other stuff at a time when it was actually prudent to have got it done – but hey , with a bank holiday Monday free , I figured it was time for a plan – unfortunately British fail did not approve – their time table is a fooking clusterfuck

    So – with 3 leads and some dicking about with planes , canals and crap – a radical plan was engineered – as it involved ninja night ops – I figured I would get a pretty free run at cabots , But no – 5Am Tuesday morning – they are still on the shift they started sometime before 20:00 on bankholday Monday , security are active – and hare round in cars

    So mays brown star of fail for a vainglorious attempt at site security goes to cabot carbons – 10 out of ten for effort – just the technique was so fooking inept

    Still they managed to extract fear sweat from me – though the rigging and gantries for the process plant have already got it gushing out

    Climbing pitch dark steelwork with no lamp – cannot use one cos they will spot it is not recommended – esp as you don’t know till you get there if its still attached

    The number of security and demols guys who isisted on running around the site all night started to get on my nerves – have the fookers nothing better to do on a bank holiday ?????????? and Due to the amount of time I could not use any light – the trip was a bit of a photographic failure – but I got to see almost everything

    NVGs are choc full of win – and got me across the ` un navigable ` – in total darkness and deep shadow – right under the nose of security – but their limitations quickly show up when you are standing on gantry mesh 20m up

    The labs are chugging mint – and the aircon / ventilation system for the labs / admin buildings is colossal

    The process plant is huge , complex and filthy – welcome to the black hand gang

    I only got on one small section o the high stuff – cos the plant next door insists on having fook massive low pressure sodium lights shining across half Cheshire – and all the roof tops / gantries are silhouetted – get up there – and you leave a 200m shadow across the land scape





    The pics
    The bath house – a palatial oasis in the sea of filth – with dirty side , clean side and huge wetroom showers / washrooms

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    There is also and attached in house laundry – but no pics as its got big windows and security was attempting to play cant and mouse [ while NOT actually getting out his car ]

    Aircon / ventilation :

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    Safe – innit

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    Lots of lovely architects and technical plans

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    [ althought some areas are pretty well stripped – others are a gold mine – telecoms equipment – like a brand new in box BT conference calling widget - Lab and medical gear , tools , parts and fittings – all just left where they were on the last day ]

    Some ninja night ops on the process plant

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    General site / buildings :

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    Like I say – pics were a bit shit – but I coulkd examine stuff that was just too hard to photograph – and sit in the reflected light of site lamps – looking at things – there was lots of paperwork – and framed pics of other cabot installations world wide

    It was a good trip – well worth the effort – demol / security added spice

    But a assosciated recce has confirmed an epic adventure ` is a go ` - so we will be cracking that soon – watch this space
     

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