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Report - Rochester Cement Works, Kent - May 2009

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Maniac, May 25, 2009.

  1. Maniac

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    It's been a long time coming this, I've had my eye on this place for years (literally) just waiting for the right time to crack it. Well the time was right this weekend!

    After several recces of the site over the last few months, and a close study of the plans we were ready to give it a shot. Shadow and me decided to stop on our way to Nottingham, as we were driving virtually past it on the way it seemed rude not to and it was well worth it! We were pushed for time as the light was fading and we also needed to get back on the road if we wanted to get to shadows house at anything resembling a decent hour, so we only saw about a third of the place - although it was the most interesting bit!

    A little bit of info on it from the Cemex Website;
    The CEMEX plant at Halling is the last of the cement works on the Medway to close. While the main production plant closed in 2000, a small team has continued to grind clinker (cement in lump form) brought in by road from elsewhere. The clinker grinding operation is now planned to end when CEMEX UK opens a new 1.2 million tonnes per annum grinding and blending facility on the Thames at Tilbury. I believe the tilbury plant came online late in 2008 (or at least it was scheduled to) which makes the facility at Rochester redundant - although when we were looking round the site some of it did look very live still. However a vast majority of it is being cleared by demolition crews.

    The plans are, yep you guessed it, houses! 550 of them to be precise. For those who are interested there's more information on the CMEX website. http://www.cemex.co.uk/su/pdf/Cemex_Panels.pdf The developers have had to reduce the number of houses from the origenal 700 they wanted to build to 550 due to local objections. The planing permission was only formerly applied for in September last year as stated in this document for those that like to read these things; http://www.medway.gov.uk/ddc20080903r.pdf so it's going to be a while before development startes properly I think.

    Anyway, on with the photos;


    2. It's only close up you realise how massive this place actually is.



    5. Inside the buildings, the lights are still on


    7. The cement rotory kiln all still in place, just as I hoped!


    9. Look up and this sight greets you, pipes, tanks, valves and switches all over the place





    15. Underneath the massive rotory kiln

    16. Cimmney closer up - it's 375 feet high - took me friggin ages reading a 1974 planning document to find that information. I don't think it's climbable thou, or if it is I don't know where the ladder is!

    There's a lot more of this site to see, we only covered two of the main buildings. There's also a 600 metre long tunnel on site which used to have a conveyor running through it. The door to access this has now been welded shut :( (and the other end is back filled) but if you want to see my photos from inside it that were taken a month or so back, they're here http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=38583

    Thanks for looking!


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