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Report - Pyrex glass factory Sunderland march 09

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dave, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. dave

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    First i must say a huge thankyou to Northern Exposure for inviting me to this epic site and also acting as a first class guide around the more or less remaing building left on site as the demo men are rapidly moving in. I was amazed how big this building is and really needed a lot longer in there to appreciate just whats there. I wont bore you with any history as i'm sure Northern has done this already on his original thread, so here's some pics from my perspective on the day.

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    The view from the roof of the Queen Alexandra Bridge

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    An office with some interesting paperwork left

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    as you can see demolition is very much underway.

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    A girder fabricated by the great Dorman Long co of Middlesbrough i reckon this dates from the late 60s early 70s.

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    One of the many maps plans etc left in the plans room and what a place that was we spent a long time in there sifting through the various drawings etc.

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    the control room

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    The workshops and left over paperwork another fascinating part of this place i could have spent hours in here alone.

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    A canny looking vice in the workshops

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    final pic of the many storerooms on a lower level stuffed with equipment stores motors electrical items etc etc etc. What a great time i had in this epic place and once again many thanks Northern for the guided tour and interesting commentries on route i would love to go back but it depends how quick the demo proceeds as Northern said it looks as though its going to be a lot sooner than later.
     

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