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Report - GKN & CBPS Buildings, Smethwick - May, 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by squelchy, May 30, 2012.

  1. squelchy

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    OK, so again here's the history I found about GKN:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GKN#1966_to_2000
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    I'm pretty sure this is correct about CBPS, but I've struggled to find much out about them. Cowal Building & Plumbing Supplies Ltd (CBPS) are a supplier of building and plumbing materials. They seemed to have used the building there for a while, but at the moment it's completely vacant - and the gates are all locked up. It looks as though they just upped and left.

    If the CBPS in Smethwick is the same company I found, here's their website incase you wanna read up on it: http://www.cowalbuilding.co.uk/aboutus.htm
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    When we went (my girlfriend and I, yes I got her into UE'ing :D) we only had around 40 minutes :(
    So, here's some photo's I managed to snap (and there'll be more coming eventually):

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    1. The road running around the back. Although you wouldn't think it's a road judging by the amount of rubble knocking about

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    2. Some more rubble and road

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    3. We walked past this camera, I'm pretty sure it never caught us

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    4. I was going to venture over this, then thought "nah"

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    5. A big ol' tower of a building - wish I could have got in here

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    6. The yard near the tower was just brick and tyres so I didn't bother trying to cross it

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    7. Glad the window was open, was a tad warm

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    8. At least this survived

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    9. There was a door with the handle smashed out, so I popped my lens through and snapped this. Just some shelving with some boots and what appeared to be changing rooms (maybe?). We never entered as we could hear running water

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    10. Don't know how this remained upright. I'm guessing one of you lot did it ;)

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    11. Rusty old cans near a little shack. I looked under the roof and saw access to underneath the yard - but I didn't venture in as I had no torch

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    12. What I assume was CBPS's building. Full of doors, cabinets and fire damage

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    13. Some metal boxes, which I assume used to be in the GKN part of the site

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    14. Not going to be much use

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    15. Ello, ello, ello... what do we have here?!

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    16. I found a lil' office room by the looks of things. Obviously some people had been in here as it was ransacked and things were stacked for photos

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    17. The inside looking out

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    18. The boxes in the office that were stacked

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    19. One of the draws, the sticker read "large handles" and the torn one, I think, said "brushes". Only a guess from the "BRU" - maybe it has Iron Bru in it?
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    Hopefully you like what I found this time around, and like I said, next time I'm bringing a torch, head torch, heavy duty gloves and boots! Time to get grimy! :thumb
     
    #1 squelchy, May 30, 2012
    Last edited: May 30, 2012

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