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Report - South East Essex College (SEEC) Carnarvon Road - Southend July 2014.

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by UrbanDuck, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. UrbanDuck

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    Background

    The Carnarvon Road site of the South East Essex College was the main campus for students before it closed in 2004, replaced by a newer and more modern building located on Luker Road, Southend.

    I studied at the college between 1997-1999 with my studies split between Carnarvon Road and the (now demolished) London Road site. I remember it being a pleasant place to work, located not far from the town centre and with amazing views.

    The site remains empty whilst a decision is made on its future. Plans for redevelopment have been met by resistance over the years from local residents, including the proposal to turn into flats HERE.

    It certainly appears builders are active within the site, as equipment is present inside although it’s not clear what they are actually doing.

    The Visit

    Firstly, acknowledgement to Boomstick84 who has visited the building previously and joined me on this trip – his first report can be found Here.

    Armed with previous intel of the site, we confidently made our way to the entry point, only to find the builders had sealed it up. We continued to search for a way in (regrettably disturbing the sleep of a local ‘resident’ in the process) and were almost at the point of giving up when we found what we were looking for. We were in!!

    This is a massive site with 5 floors to explore plus a basement (which annoyingly took forever to find but was worth a look) - unfortunately we couldn’t get on the roof this time round. We headed straight up to the 5th floor (where I studied) then systematically worked our way down.

    We pretty much had the run of the place for several hours with a few creepy moments (the acoustics in this place are strange) with noises coming in from everywhere. At one point we were convinced someone was coming up the stairs but no one there! A heart stopping moment happened whilst on the ground floor - when a random person grabbed our attention from the other side of a window, apparently thinking we were builders and said he was looking for a job. Really??? At this point we called it a day and made our way out. A fantastic explore overall.

    Inside, the light ranged from ok to pitch black – so excuse some of the poor exposure on photos. Taken with a Nikon SLR but I’m a total amateur…


    The Rear Entrance
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    Rear Building
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    5th Floor Art Dept
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    Random whiteboard
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    Computer monitors
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    Messy play?
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    Corridor on 5th Floor
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    Corridor
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    Not looking her best
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    Seecafe
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    Seecafe interior
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    Vending machines
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    Menu fit for students
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    Random coursework folder
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    Female toilet
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    Dead computers
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    2004 UCAS
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    Desks
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    Footie anyone?
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    No comment!
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    Remember these?
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    Can't see us!
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    Carnarvon Restaurant (bar area)
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    Expresso?
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    Inside kids daycare centre (Little Tigers)
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    Card reader for photocopier (you had to buy a card with credits)
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    Study Centre
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    Study Centre (first floor)
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    Reception
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    Going up? (Lifts, open on ground floor)
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    Corridor views
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    Old Sony TV?
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    2003-2004 calendar
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    Old tapes
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  2. Boomstick84

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    Nice one mate! :thumb

    Was a good day and nice to go back and see it again with some company this time.

    Thanks for your patience/perseverance in finding the basement stairs again, not sure why I remembered them being on the other side of the building! :D

    Hopefully our "friend" won't be back looking for more "work" anytime soon :rolleyes:
     
  3. UrbanDuck

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    Thanks again buddy, was a brilliant day. Must get on that roof next time!!
     
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    Re: South East Essex College (SEEC) Carnarvon Road � Southend July 2014.

    This place looks great, your report does it justice! Me and a friend might go see it early next week.
     
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    Re: South East Essex College (SEEC) Carnarvon Road � Southend July 2014.

    Good luck - I've been back since and security has been rather improved! That said on a site like this it can change daily so go for it!
     
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    Re: South East Essex College (SEEC) Carnarvon Road � Southend July 2014.

    Brilliant, thanks for the tip! Any advice on getting in? First time explorer here. I wanted to go to Stambridge Mills but it turns out that was bulldozed a couple of years ago, much to my dismay!
     
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    Re: South East Essex College (SEEC) Carnarvon Road � Southend July 2014.

    I cannot share specific advice on getting in (nor will anyone else on this forum as it's not the done thing). Part of the fun of exploring is doing a site reccy, carefully planning a way in and being patient (I've been to sites that are in total lockdown one week only to be wide open the next). It's also worth getting to know other explorers in your area and tackling sites together.

    If you haven't already done so - this link is worth a read: http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/faq.php?faq=new_faq#faq_new

    Have fun :thumb
     
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    Re: South East Essex College (SEEC) Carnarvon Road � Southend July 2014.

    I figured! After I made that post, I looked through those FAQs and saw (quite rightly so) that specific details aren't to be divulged. Still, thanks for the tips! When (or if) I get in, I'll do a report and begin getting in touch with local explorers.

    Take care!
     
  9. UrbanDuck

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    Re: South East Essex College (SEEC) Carnarvon Road � Southend July 2014.

    No worries pal :thumb
     
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    Re: South East Essex College (SEEC) Carnarvon Road � Southend July 2014.

    Thinking of going with a friend. Does anyone know if this is still here and still worth a look?
     
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    Re: South East Essex College (SEEC) Carnarvon Road � Southend July 2014.


    Oakley did a reccy yesterday - sadly it has been significantly locked down since our last visit, with 24 hour security and new CCTV. The grounds around have been cut and cleared, and it's likely the inside has been fairly stripped. Also it appears that the ground level stairwells have been secured / boarded from the inside.

    Anything is possible, but will be a challenge!
     
  12. Jordanchinkbmx

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    Is this place still standing? would love to have a look around the place!
     
  13. UrbanDuck

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    It's still there....
     
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    they did a terrible job repairing fences etc, relying on some greenery to provide security, but the security is much tighter now.
     
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