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Report - GKN Shadow Factory/Industrial Estate, Smethwick Dec '11

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by mookster, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. mookster

    mookster 28DL Full Member
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    On a mooch around Birmingham the other day I stumbled across a large expanse of derelict semi-demolished buildings and thought they warranted a further look at some point. Getting home I did some googling and found it had a name, the old GKN Fasteners site which I noticed had been done a few times before the demolition of about half the site. I then stumbled across something interesting that put it right at the top of the 'to see' list - the huge expanse of tunnels underneath the site which were still intact.

    Some arrangements for a proper visit were made with my usual exploring buddy Treadstone. I loved it down here, it's filthy and wet and oily and grimy and dark and dangerous and brilliant although a bitch to take photos of owing to the almost total darkness. I think I saw about 2/3rds of the place in total which means a revisit is definitely in order soon.

    Some history (from http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=36177)

    Hat-tip to dweeb for the info:thumb

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    Now some from the old GKN works which later became an industrial estate and until recently karting was held on the flat expanse of ground. A sizeable chunk has been demolished although it doesn't look like any work has taken place recently.

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    Unfortunately we couldn't find a way into this other building short of using a boat or walking right through a bus garage

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    And lastly, one of the only things left that proves this was once a massive screw factory...

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    Thanks for looking, more here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157628375123527/
     

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