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Report - Castmaster Roll - Sheffield - February 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by ObsidianLycan, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. ObsidianLycan

    ObsidianLycan Geologist, Urbexer, Geek
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    Castmaster roll was a Sheffield based manufacturing firm that collapsed into administration with the loss of nearly 80 jobs and owing more than £500,000 to creditors. More than 140 local and national companies were owed money in the wake of the collapse of Castmaster Roll, based at the Eagle Foundry in Attercliffe. The business went into administration in October and as no new buyer could be found, all 78 workers have lost their jobs and the firm’s assets are being sold.

    The firm had reported a trading loss for three years in a row before going into administration, including a £400,000 loss for the year ending January 31, 2014. Details included in the papers of administrator KPMG show £502,353 was owed to different companies at the time of administration.

    The report said delayed and non-payment of invoices had put the company under ‘significant pressure from its creditors’ in the months prior to administration. A report also reveals that between KPMG’s appointment in October and December 5, it claimed costs of more than £324,000 for handling the administration.

    KPMG said it is uncertain how much money – if any – will be returned to unsecured creditors as a sale of assets is yet to be concluded. Administrators have also said they are ‘continuing to assess the causes of the company’s failure’. It comes after Sheffield MP Clive Betts called for a ‘thorough investigation’ into how Castmaster Roll failed. The Sheffield South East MP said staff had told him the company appeared to be in good shape before it went into administration. He said: “I’m calling on the administrators to undertake a thorough investigation into how a company with good order books and more orders coming through the door has sadly managed to get into such difficulties.”

    The firm produced iron and steel quality rolls, discs and sleeves for the manufacturing and food processing industry. The Stevenson Road site began making gas lamps more than a century ago and became a roll maker about 95 years ago. It was known as the Davy Roll Company but, after going into receivership, it was reborn as Castmaster Roll in the mid-2000s, taken over by new owner Mel Farrar.

    Was in Sheffield on business nearby, so decided to check it out on a weekday afternoon with another member (awaiting screen name!). After timing out entrance to avoid lorries going to/from the works nearby, we got onto the site. True to my usual form of not checking the derp properly, we went for the first clear entry point which involved a little climby climb and some razer wire. Once in, my "height issue" came back to bite me and I couldn't get down. Face-palm moment as I spotted an easy way in, so back tracked down the outside to use this much more logical entry point.

    Pitchfork had been removed, and medical room was open. Sadly the air raid shelter was padlocked. Gutter!

    Was glad to finally get in here, been on my list for ages. Another one ticked off :)

    Full album on my Flickr and Facebook (links in signature). Enjoy!


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  2. Session9

    Session9 A life backwards
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    Thats a lovely set, good work fella :)
  3. Nadav

    Nadav 28DL Full Member
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    Looks epic this, good little find matey!
  4. Mr Sam

    Mr Sam 28DL Regular User
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    the medical room alone here was well worth the detour and effort
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