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Report (Permission Visit) Selly Oak Hospital - Birmingham - April 2014

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by Derelict-UK, Jun 6, 2014.

  1. Derelict-UK

    Derelict-UK 28DL Full Member
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    This was visited with the permission of University Hospitals Birmingham and Coleman & Company Ltd (demolition crew).

    Work has already started to reduce the site to a handful of original buildings, demolishing the rest and converting the few remaining into a new housing scheme.

    I was given a guided chance to photograph as many buildings I could access (some are still in use as offices and some buildings are used for training) so I could provide a permanent archive of pictures for people to view what the site once looked like. The full set, over 300 images can be found here: www.photoaddiction.co.uk

    There is a big history section on my website, but here are some extracts...

    Below are a couple of images from each building, a kind of 'best of'...

    Out-Patients Department
    (To be demolished)

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    2 & 3.
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    4 & 5.
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    Matron's House
    (To be demolished)

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    Diabetes & Dermatology
    The original entrance to the workhouse before West Lodge was built.
    (To be retained)

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    West Lodge
    The Arc, 1902 entrance built for the King's Norton Union Workhouse
    (To be retained)

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    Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (K Block)
    This was the original workhouse, it once contained a kitchen and canteen in the (now sports) hall at the rear.
    In 2002 it became the home of the MOD in rehabilitation and treatment of war zone casualties of places such as Afghanistan & Iraq.
    (Front view to be retained, hall to be demolished)

    13. This front facing view is to be retained
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    15. Old canteen area of original workhouse (to be demolished), you can just peek one of the roof beams out above
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    Clinical Care Storage - used to be Critical Care Unit (E Block)
    During its workhouse days, K, E & J Block used to be attached to each other using a covered walkway.
    (To be demolished)

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    Micro Biology
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    Medical Engineering
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    Pathology
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    Woodlands Nurses Home
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    Doctors Residence
    (To be demolished)

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    Main Building A to D Wing
    This was the original workhouse infirmary that was built in 1897.
    (The majority of this will be demolished with only the core retained)

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    For the rest (over 300 in total) please visit www.photoaddiction.co.uk


    Thank you.
     

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  2. host

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    First rate report, would love a nosey round here too.
     
  3. Speed

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    To be fair mate i usually moan at your permission visits but here you really have saved me a job, i just cant get the motivation to get round it all.. Probably too late now anyway! Pitty it wasn't more like the DRI.
     
  4. Matt Inked

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    Its nice to see a hospital thats still in good condition for once. Nice report mate :thumb
     
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    Yeah, I thought 'groan, permission visit' but at least somebody did. I've drove past it ten times, talked about it the same, but never bothered.

    The mortuaries a belter.
     
  6. Idle Hands

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    That's a nice document of the site there - nicely done :thumb

    Shame to see so many of the older bits scheduled for demolition though...
     
  7. Derelict-UK

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    I also went down, had a look at the fences and general security of the site (in regards to everything being locked) and thought it's better asking than just hoping for a chance. It took about a month to get full approval from the heads of the trust and then the images had to be vetted (but all got through).

    I have said it before though, I do this to document sites before demolition, not for the thrill of evading security. I have no qualms about asking for permission, I understand some people do but why wait until it looks like swiss cheese if you can get it in good condition?

    It is a crying shame, so many original buildings will be lost, some were even built with funds of the Cadbury's family and these will be demolished. There is ample opportunity for some of these properties to be either sold as one (such as the Doctors Residence or Matron's House) or converted into flats. There is really no need to demolish so much.
     
  8. Ojay

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    I'm not the biggest fan of Hospitals, but this does look pretty decent, job well done :thumb

    Also Coleman's aren't my best friend either
     
  9. Mr Sam

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    i liek the Classic Ford centre folds
     
  10. PopPunkJamie

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    I would have loved to have got in here on a non-permission visit but I gave up on getting in this place a while ago as it was sealed tight. Good to see what it looks like inside after months of curiousity, good work dude
     
  11. Shagrat

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    nice shots, well done
     
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    I love that signing out board, what a lovely thing to do as a memento
     
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