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Report - Motorola Swindon Jan 13

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Kirkymole, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. Kirkymole

    Kirkymole 28DL Full Member
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    Had a mooch around here back in 2013, just found the pics on my FB account.

    'Opened by Her Majesty the Queen in November 1998, the building was designed as a major manufacturing facility for the companies GSM radio transmission equipment and cost an estimated £40 million to construct.

    The aluminium and glass clad complex covers an area equal to three football pitches end to end and accommodated 1300 staff (before recent redundancies in 2001) in 28,000 sq.m of manufacturing space and 4500 sq.m of offices.

    The high-tech exposed steelwork and roof-level services tube at 5.5m diameter is big enough to drive a car through, and proved irrestible to the producers of the Bond film 'The World Is Not Enough', starring Pierce Brosnan, who filmed at the location in 1999 using the factory as a double for a Turkey oil refinery.
    The Motorola building won the award for best industrial building in the 1999 Structural Steel Design Awards and was highly commended in the British Construction Industry Awards.

    Manufacturing of mobile phones ceased at the site in 2001, and the building is currently the European headquarters for Motorola's Home & Networks Mobility.

    In 2009, Motorola chose the factory to install the first test-bed in the UK for the new 4G mobile broadband system, which is currently undergoing high-profile trials.

    Key Facts:Building size, 23,100 sq.m
    Length, 300m
    Architect, Shepherd Robson
    Year of construction, 1998'

    The site was passed over to Viagon Medical some years ago but they had no need for the rear end of the site, which once housed tanks of some sort, an IT building, and a lorry dock. The 'tube' was also shortened.

    Very little there really, but some snaps anyway...

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    Obviously nothing impressive and the place has been trashed and burnt out by the local yoof but there it is. Pics snapped with some terrible old Blackberry I once had.
     

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