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Report - Thames Steel - Sheerness (July 2015)

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by camoe, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. camoe

    camoe 28DL Regular User
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    This is our second visit to Thames Steel, it was far too big to do in a day! we felt like we needed to make the 6 Hour round trip to go again. after a long drive down we arrived and it didn't look like a thing had changed - maybe the Tour Bus hadn't arrived yet? ;) we ventured through the site with the goal of getting on the roof of the large casting building in the centre, on first glance it looked like the ladders had been cut off to the roof access gantries we made our way up to the top gantry's where the cranes are and there it was the ladder submerged in a pool of sunlight! YES! we got there, and what a spectacle it was!

    We then started making our way over to the building at the front adjacent to the secca hut - we hadn't explored this part before, the vast open space was insane - we spotted a small door at the back of the control tower, we walked though and found another set of offices at the front looking out towards where all of the new car's were being stored, this was the highlight for me it looked like no one had explored it before! there were coffee cups still on peoples desks, Plans of the site, complete with old drawing tables and all the bits and pieces!

    All in all it was an excellent explore, i think i could go back a 3rd time! i apologise about the lack of photographs, i forgot the base plate for my tripod, and as you know a lot of the site is selectively dark making it very hard to shoot hand held! (I've popped a few photos from our last visit in!)

    History (Stolen from Norfolkexplorer)
    In January 2012 the site all of a sudden shut with the loss of 350 Jobs. The site had previously been sold to Al-Tuwairqi Group (ATG) in 2002 when its previous owners went into liquidation. But obviously things did not improve.
    There are now rumours in the local press that part of the site could open as a rolling mill by the summer of 2015 creating 120 jobs.

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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    Looks alright that does mate, thanks for sharing.
     
  3. norfolkexplorer

    norfolkexplorer av u seen my marbels
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    Nice 1. Just like you I could do that place for a 3rd time as still not seen it all
     
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    Nice. Yeah, think I need another visit, so much to see.
    The front office sounds interesting :)
     
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    Great photographs.
     
  6. silentwalker

    silentwalker 28DL Regular User
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    Great little report man! Still need to pop down there! Only 20 mins from me, I have no excuse :D
     
  7. camoe

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    No Excuse at all man, well worth the 20 mins, if its worth the 3 hours!

    Its a bit dark and dinghy, but hey, plenty of plans and interesting bits of pieces to rummage though!
     
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    silentwalker 28DL Regular User
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    Definitely, Will pop down there in the next couple of weeks most probably! :D
     
  9. Wevsky

    Wevsky A Predisposed Tourist
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    Nicely done mate its a wicked site and i managed to peek out the roof from the top of a gantry but it was a tad obvious so came back in..Think the tour bus hit this a few years back unless the second wave is about to start;)
     
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    Some really nice processing on your photos
     
  11. Thedoctor46

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    Thanks for this. Really interesting stuff.
     
  12. mockney reject

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    Looks great
     
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