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Report - Unitrition Oilseed Plant (BOCM Pauls) - Selby.

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Dempsey, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. Dempsey

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    The Small Factory is situated in the same complex as BOCM Pauls in Selby, Unitrion being a subsidiary of BOCM. The plants either side of the York-Hull Line, however BOCM is still active in the whole as a Animal feeds plant/maltings.

    The Oilseed Plant was gradually closed over 2003, with a loss of over 40 or so jobs.

    I'm still gathering a history on the plant, but I'm led to believe the site as a whole is pre WW2, which had river links, and considerable Rail links (the latter lasting until the Oilseeds Closure in 2003. The Oilseed, or Rapeseed, site, produced animal feeds, of which, there are around 4 main buildings. The basic process is extraction of oils from rapeseed to produce animal feeds on a large scale. The main process used is solvent extraction using hexane which is then recovered by distillation. The Hexane, as far, as i know is what is pumped around in the over ground pipes, spanning all over the plant.

    I found out about the site when i passed BOCM with all of the boards on the fronting of the active factory a few months back, ever since I've being popping in and filling in some time every now and then at the Smaller site behind BOCM... so there is quite a few pictures! But I've sized a lot down to a small size, A few are shot on Film; unfortunately most of the exterior shots were shot on Slide film by mistake, so those may get uploaded once i get a slide scanner!

    This is a Great example of small untouched industry, slowly rotting away at the powers of nature, a total timewarp. The first time i got into the site there was no footprints anywhere in the site.

    Shot a few on slide film and put them through c41, and others on print, all film shots are sharp, but my scanner begs to differ... heh


    The entrance, to my left is the refueling building (Hexane?) behind me is the level crossing which separates the live site.
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    The evening sun brung out the warmth in this charming little place.
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    At the Top of the hoppers, magnificent bare structure!
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    In the same building is the Windhouse, with all of the gearing to move all of the machinery in the complex, amazing how much is packed in here, including a 10 or so ft Flywheel which is hidden in the dark!
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    Showing the exterior, large Wooden Beams as structural support! On a side note, over the years the land has suffered from subsidence (One building had to be made safe/demolished on the other site) In the industrial process, Ground water is pumped from around 60 metres in Sherwood sandstone, to cool the distilation condensers.
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    The Plant room is next, strange place. All of the belt drives and generators at the bottom, and then one huge hopper at the top, the buildings are connected by a Conveyor bridge at the top.
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    Chains moving in the breeze
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    Diagrams blowing on the floor.
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    A shot from the workers locker rooms and showers, connected to the 'foremans' offices. These boots were worn by Betty.
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    Further down from the abandoned site, along the old rail yard (now totally invisible) Is the old Saw mills, these are very derelict, but still contain a lot of Old gear, amazing really, considering it has no defences.
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    Out in a small wood next to the sawmillare some of the cutting sheds...
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    The saws still move
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    Finally, one showing the main BOCM site from the front road, belive it or not, its still in use! With very good CCTV coverage. Another one of the Slide/c41 shots :)
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    Sorry about how many photos there is! and the variety of them; Film, Digital, resizing and the Horrible borders lol. Not enough time.

    Terah!
     

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