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Report - Sandwell Chance tech college - Birmingham - 2014

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by merryprankster, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. merryprankster

    merryprankster formerly oakleyframer
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    some of you might have seen most these pics on facecook already but here they are again with a bit of info.

    First things first, the place is BUGGERED, anything and everything has been ripped out, every window smashed, studwalls kicked through, ceiling ripped down basically if it could be trashed it has been, somewhwre there was a burst water pipe and one of the smaller staircases to the ground floor was literally a waterfall, shit myself a bit when i realised i was stood in two inches of water surrounded by exposed electrical wiriing, might have ended up looking like marv when he gets electrocuted in home alone 2 if the place was live! obviously had plenty of squatters in there aswell, little fires dotted about, many a polish sausage wrapper and empty special brew tinny was also to be found. Only got around two of the three buildings as i was dicking about taking lots of poncy arty photos.

    little bit of copy and paste histoire

    The History...

    Evening classes in science and art were established in 1846 by the Chance family at the schools attached to their Spon Lane glass-works. An institute formed at the works in 1852 flourished for almost twenty years. John Henderson of the London Works formed a library and reading room in the Cape Hill district and was patron of an institute which met there in the mid 1850s, while a few years later Joseph Chamberlain was fostering adult education at Nettlefold & Chamberlain's Smethwick works. St. Matthew's Church had some 140 pupils at an evening school in 1870, and Holy Trinity Church organized evening classes about the same date. Smethwick Institute, formed in 1887, met at the higher grade school in Crockett's Lane. For a few years after its foundation its activities included evening classes. It closed in the later 1920s. Another institute was meeting at Bearwood in the 1880s. The school board constituted itself a local committee of the Science and Art Department in 1885 and organized evening classes in science and art at the higher grade school in Crockett's Lane. In 1892 a technical instruction committee was set up consisting of members of the local board and the school board. It took over the management of the science and art classes, forming them into a municipal technical school. The school board members withdrew from the committee in 1898, and from 1899 the whole committee was appointed by the town council.

    The technical school continued to meet in the evenings in the higher grade school until 1910, when a technical school building was opened in Crockett's Lane. By 1913 there was an attendance of nearly 4,000. From 1914 until 1947 the buildings also housed a secondary technical school, and pupils from it continued to use classrooms and laboratories until 1956. Evening classes were still the most important part of the institution's work in the late 1920s, although after the 1918 Education Act the first day-release students were enrolled, with originally five firms sending workers. The school became Smethwick Municipal College in 1927 and was renamed Chance Technical College in 1945. A block of engineering and building workshops was opened in 1950. Between 1952 and 1966 major extensions were built on an adjoining site in Crockett's Lane; they enabled the college to accommodate some 3,500 students by 1966, two-thirds of whom attended courses during the day. In 1968 the college was merged with Oldbury College of Further Education to form Warley College of Technology, with the buildings in Crockett's Lane (Chance Building) housing the main administrative centre of the new college and six of its eight departments.

    The original building, extensively renovated, is of brick with grey terracotta dressings, and was designed in a 'free Renaissance style' by F. J. Gill. The extensions of 1952-66, designed by W. W. Atkinson and Partners, consist of five main blocks faced with Portland stone and coloured brick. They house workshops, classrooms, laboratories, assembly and recreation halls, and administrative offices

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    hope you didnt get too bored sieving through that lot! sure as hell know i was getting bored of deleting urls!
    thanks for looking - happy exploring.
     

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    Re: PIC heavy - Sandwell Chance tech college - Birmingham - 2014

    Jesus that place has had a pummelling!! Good to see again all the same!
     
  3. The Amateur Wanderer

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    Re: PIC heavy - Sandwell Chance tech college - Birmingham - 2014

    Pic 10 is awesome, love it mate :thumb
     
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    Re: PIC heavy - Sandwell Chance tech college - Birmingham - 2014

    Ditto pic 10 :thumb

    I took a couple of members here a month or so ago (a re-visit for me) and couldn"t believe how trashed it was, apart from the Tiles on the walls there"s F@ck all left of the place.

    Luckily you got the water to make an interesting shot :)

    I only took 2 pics, and they were of my mate laid on the floor in the empty foyer :)

    I think it"s on par with DRI condition wise :eek:
     
  5. merryprankster

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    Re: PIC heavy - Sandwell Chance tech college - Birmingham - 2014

    nice juan lads, you know what they say you cant polish a turd but you can roll it in glitter!
     
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    Re: PIC heavy - Sandwell Chance tech college - Birmingham - 2014

    True that

    Nice one, seems you've been getting about recently. Been enjoying your reports. :thumb
     
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    Re: PIC heavy - Sandwell Chance tech college - Birmingham - 2014

    is it me [​IMG] or is pic 10 a bit ... wonky? :confused
    Like it's been flipped/rotated? cause there's a lot of stuff floating in the air not being reflected in da water :eek:
    so I flipped it and it looks like this:

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    or maybe the OP posted it like that just to mess up a few heads ...:D
     
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  8. merryprankster

    merryprankster formerly oakleyframer
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    Re: PIC heavy - Sandwell Chance tech college - Birmingham - 2014

    yeah the first thing i did before i even got it in lightroom was flip it upside down, and yeah i can see the wonk on it but a degree either way was completely fucking the vertical lines in the pic so had to settle for this, ill take my laser level and plumb bob next time :D if i did it again i would have used my baby tripod so that the infinity lines of the reflection were a lower angle, aslo id have cropped out that door way as that stops the infinity line short on the left side which doesnt help it look level either. STill a cool pic though i reckon!
     
  9. Cuuvin

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    Re: PIC heavy - Sandwell Chance tech college - Birmingham - 2014

    Yup, either way :thumb just made my brain itch :D
     
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    thanks for posting somehow i missed this despite it being 30 minutes away so popped over today the water sure makes for some cool pics :thumb
     
  11. WildBoyz

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    Some good shots there, nice one :) Happy New Year!
     
  12. Will Knot

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    Pretty nice set of pics, this has always been on my list but never got to it :(

    Looks fairly well trashed nowadays though, thanks for sharing :)
     
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