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Report - KP Food Factory / Alpine Coldstores, Grimsby - Feb 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Luke John Howard-Pask, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. Luke John Howard-Pask

    Luke John Howard-Pask 28DL Member
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    First off let me start by saying this place is HUGE! Anyone in the area will know it as either Alpine Coldstores or the KP Foods factory I guess. There must be 18 acres or so to the site, some of it is still in use and has been divided up into smaller units but there is a large part of the site still derelict. The factory employed more than 980 in it's heyday and produced 27,000 tonnes of crisps and snacks a year.

    Im not sure when the place was built but i'd hazard a guess it was in the 1960's with additions in the 1970's judging by stuff we found inside such as old GPO Telephone sockets and 'antique' computer sockets. There's an article online from the Independent in 1995 about the closure of the factory, United Biscuits blames lost jobs on snacks war - Business - News - The Independent I assume it closed in 1995 some time. After that point it was purchased in around 1998 and parts of the warehouse were turned into a coldstore and that company went bust in 2010 and it's not been used since. Some areas of the site haven't been used since the 1995 closure and are boarded up really well. As i said it's a huge site and i couldn't get in to a lot of the place but i'll go back and take more photos when i can.

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    Outside the front loading bays

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    Entrance to coldstore compressor room

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    Factory compressor room

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    Alley between offices and factory

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    Factory worker's entrance

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    Inside the main factory

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    one of the many workshops

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    Upstairs in one of the office blocks

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    Glass roof hidden behind a suspended ceiling
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    The end!!
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    That's it for now, i'll get some more photos when i go back next time. Also if anyone could recommend any image hosting websites beside Flickr it'd be much appreciated!
     
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  2. Mike osborne

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    Hi there
    I used to work at the Ub factory from 1978 until Ub closed it. I would love to go round again as the photos bring back so many memories,and it's strange looking at empty buildings where over 1000 people used to work.
    Can you let me know who you contacted to get in to take the photos,as I would like to see it again.
    Regards
    Mike osborne
     
  3. Lavino

    Lavino 28ÐŁ ƦEGUŁλƦ U$EƦ
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    Good report that . Looks like it has a lot more to offer but most likely not like this now has its taken you 18 months to make the report..
     
  4. Cuuvin

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    photbucket or can attach pics from your computer. link to how-to for attaching-pictures-full-size

    edit: well that was dumb. just noticed the post date. looks like it's a glitch-post as the chat box posters I.D. doesn't match the OP's I.D. Also "joined" today & no recent activity...:confused:
     
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  5. Lancashire lad

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    nice mooch didn't look like you were there recently tho , might be time for the re visit ???
     
  6. Speed

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    Nothing left in the old compressor room then?
     
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