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Report - Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse, Liverpool - October 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by BrainL, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. BrainL

    BrainL 28DL Full Member
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    The Visit
    Quite a spare of the moment visit late one night when an old security guard told us the way in surprisingly.. For the scale and size of the building it was a bit of a disappointment as every floor was stripped bare and just rows and rows of columns.. may visit in daylight to see if it looks any different but heres some pics anyway :)

    The History
    Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse, (Stanley Dock, Liverpool, England) is a grade II listed building and is the world's largest brick warehouse. Standing 125 foot (38 m) high, the building was at the time of its construction in 1901, claimed to be the world's largest building in terms of area. The 14 storey building spans across 36 acres (150,000 m2) and its construction used 27 million bricks, 30,000 panes of glass and 8,000 tons of steel.
    The overall design is by A.G. Lyster, the Dock Engineer, but Arthur Berrington almost certainly played a part. The warehouse was a late addition to the Stanley Dock complex and was built on land reclaimed from the dock. Stanley Dock is accessible from the dock system or by barge from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal which enters under Great Howard Street bridge.
    With the decline of trade going through Liverpool, the warehouse fell into disuse in the 1980s and gradually into disrepair. More recently the building has featured in the Stop the Rot conservation campaign by the Liverpool Echo newspaper. Part of the ground floor of the warehouse is used for the Sunday Heritage Market.
    Various plans have been unveiled for the Tobacco Warehouse to be redeveloped into several hundred apartments as part of a larger development of the whole Stanley Dock site. The plans involve hollowing out the centre of the warehouse to create a garden-filled courtyard.

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  2. Vulex

    Vulex 28DL Regular User
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    I came to have a look here a few weeks ago. But it was chocker full of workmen gutting it and secca, so I didnt get a look in. Thanks for posting.
     
  3. The Amateur Wanderer

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    Pic 2 is rather nice,

    Good work!
     
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  4. Camera Shy

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    Did you go in both sides buildings ? the building behind is nicer imo. And way better in daylight.
     
  5. winchman

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    Nice report.
    We did it a few years ago, it had a bit more stuff in it, a pallet load of old ledgers, some scales but most picked bare. Part of it was used as a Morgue around the time of the war.
    We also managed to have a mooch around the hotel as it was being built and keep meaning to go back, the settlement cracks in the basement now swimming pool are massive.
     
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    Fantastic mate and plus one on pic2, I believe that winchman is correct about its basement being a morgue during WW2 apparently for dead American servicemen waiting to be repatriated, well in mate for seeing this place, we visited earlier this year and it was full on construction and too busy to get in.
     
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  7. BrainL

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    That's very interesting, I had no idea about the morgue in the basement.

    The hotel is open now but still lots of work going on by the looks of it. I heard that they are having to remove every other floor to redevelop into apartments due to the ceilings being to low, could be why there are such huge holes all over the place jn there
     
  8. Pest

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    I agree with you on that one, matey!
     
  9. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks for giving us a little taste mate :thumb& probably looks better at night TBH

    Always been very attentive Coppers or Secca & the like when i"ve called down to ruin it for me. I take it the Hotels completed now ? well looking at the price they wanted for a double room i bloody hope so. Titanic is not just the Hotels name it seems :(

    Must say the external staircases have always got my attention ;)
     
  10. BrainL

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    Theres still lots of secca here but managed to stay away from them thankfully :)

    Yeah, the hotel is all finished now, looks a nice place but never been inside, can imagine its quite pricey though :)
     
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