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Report - Wall Hill Mill, Delph - Jan 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Marsden1002, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. Marsden1002

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    Hello!

    History has been taken from the Lone Ranger's post - Thanks :D

    History

    Not too much early history on the mill building, but it has been extended over the years to accommodate the ever expanding business until its closure in 2009. The building have workshops, storage area’s, offices and also had living quarters. There is also a nice little culvert lurking under the main buildings.

    Company History

    Dronsfields Mercedes are the largest independent Mercedes car & commercial specialist in Europe.
    A Saddleworth company based at Wall Hill Mill, a family run business with over 30 years experience in the vehicle maintenance industry. Its ever-growing worldwide customer database is a testimony to the professionalism and logistical skills of the company’s workforce.
    Dronsfields Mercedes have a fully equipped servicing workshop, with trained Mercedes Benz technicians using the latest computer diagnostic equipment. The Service Department’s dedicated team of experts are on hand 7 days a week to give a friendly and reliable service, offering professional servicing at competitive rates. The business also provides courtesy cars, as well as offering a recovery and collection facility.
    The company’s new, used and reconditioned car & commercial parts department carry vast stocks of mechanical, electrical and panel work
    The Dobcross site covers 8 acres, which means the company can fulfil customers requirements directly from under one roof. And – being ever conscious of the fragility of the global environment – Dronsfields Mercedes carries out its obligations to future generations by recycling its vehicles to government specifications and beyond.
    Dronsfields Mercedes take pride in giving their discerning clients what they expect and more. Some of these include: Securicor, Securitas, Mercedes Benz Charterway, Pickfords and Arriva.



    Relocation and future of the site

    ONE of Saddleworth’s iconic businesses, Dronsfield Mercedes, has relocated to Royton in 2009.
    The family-run operation, formerly at Dobcross, is Europe’s largest independent supplier of Mercedes cars, commercial vehicles and parts. It also has a global remit.
    It has opened streamlined, purpose-build premises on a nine-acre site in Mossdown Road, Royton, to improve customer services and facilities.
    The company, which opened 40 years ago, decided on the move from Wall Hill Mill in Saddleworth because it was “bursting at the seamsâ€.
    Now the new fast-track systems and process of new orders has lead to subsequent rapid growth and it has already increasing its work force to a total of 48.
    And new facilities, coupled with technical skills, mean a vehicle can be stripped down in less than an hour.
    The significant increase in storage also offers customers a fast-track computerised parts service.
    The company released the Wall Hill Road site because it is no longer suitable for modern employment use. Access improvements alone would have cost over £1 million.
    The site is for sale for private development with planning permission for 40 houses and apartments.
    Dronsfields claims this development would guarantee the new access, significantly improve highway safety and open up the way to exclude heavy goods vehicles permanently from Wall Hill Road.



    Visited on my lone some today in the slight snow covered streets of Oldham. Spent about 2 hours on site just mooching around and having a good look at things. Was slightly careful as this place is on a public footpath and there was people walking about - i could see there footprints in the snow!

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    Sorry for the quality ie lack of, forgot my tripod and couldn't use the right sutter speed or exposure for some of the shots
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