1. Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections plus a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. Creating an account removes some ads, allows you to post replies, start new topics and threads, and gives you access to more features including bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - DHSS Hebburn / Reyrolle Offices 14/09/2008

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by numpty, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. numpty

    numpty 28DL Full Member
    28DL Full Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2008
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    1
    I've put this in here as the haziness of the day didn't lend itself to "high stuff shots", so it's really more to do with the interesting stuff from the fabric of the building.

    Monsieur Alphonse Reyrolle decided that Hebburn would make an excellent place to build his engineering empire - god knows why, but next door were such giants as Parsons, Armstrong-Vickers and others.

    As most visitors to this site know from the "viewing room" plans, this building was designed and built in the late 50s, early 60s, opening in 1961. The main 8-storey building has a lower, 4-storey executive block on the front, with a sadly, now burnt-out reception area.

    The company employed over 12,000 people in it's heyday, and typical of large companies at that time organised mass day trips to the seaside, sponsored sports teams, and invested in the local leisure facilities. Reyrolle's football team was the pre-cursor to the local Hebburn team. By the late 80s the number of employess had dropped below 1000. This tower was taken over by the DHSS in the 70s, when the decline had already started.

    The building is riddled with asbestos, which has delayed it's demolition. All of the lead, copper and bronze alloys have been stripped, as have the metal ceiling tiles.

    The ground floor is a secure archive area, with safe doors at both ends of the corridor. Then individual fire-proof rooms,
    IMG_4810.jpg

    Each room had a light switch outside of the room, with a fantastic jewel-shaped indicator light

    IMG_4807.jpg


    Each room's lighting was wired with "Pyro" cable - normally used for fire alarm cabling, and a heat sensor
    IMG_4819.jpg

    Working up the building, next was access to the boiler room, although unless you've brought some waders (and possibly an NBC suit) it probably out of bounds now - I loved the yellow scum.
    IMG_4833.jpg

    I wondered what the hell this was, until I realised that it's a 50s heating thermostat patch panel!
    IMG_4835.jpg

    Out into the offices then - basically what follows is 8 floors of this (Executive offices aside) It's a bit like flying under the belly of Red Dwarf!
    IMG_4841.jpg

    Broken only by the odd cleaner's cupboard (not for the HDR averse)
    IMG_4846_4_5.jpg

    The executive bathroom is one of the oddities - complete with splash guards for executive shoes.
    IMG_4875.jpg

    The executive stairwell is one quite nice tho' with or without HDR
    IMG_4882_0_1.jpg

    Fast forward to the roof then, the Reyrolle "ghost sign" is just visible on the side of the tower
    IMG_4954_5_3.jpg

    The air-intakes for the heating and ventilation were quite spectacular, with Tappanga for scale
    IMG_4970.jpg

    Need to try and re-visit for some high shots, before the demolition starts.

    There's a couple more pics on photobucket, http://s509.photobucket.com/albums/s332/numptynumpty/DHSS%20ex%20Reyrolle%20Hebburn/
     

    Attached Files:

    #1 numpty, Sep 18, 2008
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 19, 2008

    Remove this ad by donating or subscribing.

  2. IVIik

    IVIik 28DL Full Member
    28DL Full Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2008
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Home Page:
    Re: DHSS Hebburn / Reyrolle Offices 14/09/2008 Report

    An interesting site and well worth another visit.

    Here's a few of my own pic's:

    Switch
    Reyrolle01.jpg

    Socket
    Reyrolle10.jpg

    Boardroom
    Reyrolle16.jpg

    She Geordie waz 'ere
    Reyrolle24.jpg

    Up on the rooooof
    Reyrolle26.jpg

    Numpty on Huge Fan
    Reyrolle30.jpg

    More pics here
     
Draft saved Draft deleted
Loading...

Users Who Have Read This Thread (Total: 0)

Share This Page

Remove this ad by creating an account and logging in