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Report - BASF Superabsorbents, Seacombe, Wirral - April '11

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Xan_Asmodi, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Xan_Asmodi

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    History on this site is very scant, unfortunately. It has been mentioned previously by Ste M here. Here's what I can find.

    From The Guardian:

    From the BBC:

    On BASF's own website, the plant only merits one sentence:

    From the Liverpool Echo:

    Externally there seems to be no evidence of the fire, but I did visit at night. Internally I couldn't see any signs of fire, even in the boiler house which was the seat of the fire. I couldn't find the HSE report either.

    Right on with the pics!

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    The first room entered was the Q.A. Lab, but this was promptly ignored. I'd heard tell about the cavernous nature of this place, and it did not disappoint. My torch light was just swallowed by this place

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    The factory is multi-level, which I find intriguing, but I've never worked in the manufacturing sector

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    There's an odd mix in here. Some parts are stripped, others aren't. It doesn't look like it's had a visit from the local copper thieves though

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    The electric room was trashed, and how tempting is this button...

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    "DO NOT TOUCH !
    HIGH VOLTAGE
    DANGER OF LIFE !"
    Translation fail?

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    The only evidence of fire in the place

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    Upstairs we found some interesting structures, nice views...

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    ...and some quite large drops

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    I think there has been some abortive attempt at reconstruction

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    The offices above the Q.A. lab have been trashed, but strangely no where else has

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    This book was empty. Quite ironic considering what happened in the building

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    And there was a squatter here at some point, who appears to like golf and tin openers :crazy

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    On the way back through the Q.A. labs I spotted the fume cupboard. I haven't seen one of these since before I left school years ago

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    As usual, the full Flickr set is here.
    The slideshow is here
    Thanks for looking, I hope to have a follow up at some point, definitely to get some more externals :thumb
     

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