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Report - British Shoe Corporation - Leicester [Sept 2016]

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by elhomer12, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. elhomer12

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    The British Shoe Corporation was formed in 1956 by Sir Charles Clore. In 1953 he had taken over the company of J. Sears and Co., an amalgamation of J. Sears and Freeman Hardy and Willis Ltd. This company later became Sears PLC, and following the sale of BSC was ultimately acquired by Philip Green in 1999. (Yeah, that guy...)

    The site in Leicester was the head office of British Shoe, and opened in January 1964. The site closed in July 1998, following some botched sales, and subsequent sale of the remaining parts of British Shoe Corp. Since the closure of BSC, parts of the site have been occupied by other businesses, including one of the office blocks. During this time other parts of the site have remained mostly empty.

    Now the entire site is in the process of being demolished to make way for a new distribution centre. The expansive warehouses have been in the process of demolition for some time now, but with those almost all gone, the office blocks will follow shortly. During our visits there was evidence of work being carried out in the buildings. Between visits metal was stripped from radiators and holes punched in walls, presumably testing for asbestos before the demolition starts.

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    We heard this place had been empty for some time, and demolition had begun so thought we'd pay a visit. So me, @mineorluke and his mate rocked up one evening, and started looking for access when we spotted a torch flash on the stairs. Just our luck, mattdonut appears and lets us in... Cheers matt ;)
    These photos were taken over the course of 3 visits.

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    BSC building in its former glory... in 1964

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  2. Ojay

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    That pesky Donut eh :p

    Good stuff and sad to see another victim of a once thriving business
     
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    Nicely done mate :thumb
    This has been on the cards for years.
     
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    very nice report. its a shame vandals have started putting windows in..........
     
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    Looks OK that does. Fancy meeting MD there LOL
     
  6. elhomer12

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    Yeah.... not surprising though, he gets everywhere :p
     
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    I expected the building to have less inside it. Nice report, I really like your shots. They're really crisp.
     
  8. elhomer12

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    A fair bit of stuff was left all over the building. One floor had a load of wheelie chairs and we had a race with Matt's group on our first visit. Fire extinguishers were left all over the place too, and we couldn't resist combining a CO2 one with a chair.... didn't work anywhere near as well as expected :(
     
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    Nice to see photos inside this place.
    I have driven by it many times.

    Hoarding is up all round it now, and i heard that demolition is happening very soon

    Excellent photos :thumb
     
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    And the gold star for cracking this but goes to.....elhomer12... Well done I knew this place was going to show some great results for that person who gets in first.
    Thanks for sharing and a great report
     
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    I quite enjoyed my afternoon wandering around here. Wasn't a bad place despite being quite stripped.
     
  12. Speed

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    I think Doughnut lives there doesn't he?? :)

    Should have ducked into the strong room. Was my favorite bit!

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    If that was the door I have pictured in the basement, I did try it, but it didn't open :rolleyes:
     
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    You had to crawl through a hole to get into it! :thumb
     
  15. BrainL

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    Nice report that, lovely shots!
     
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