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Lead or Rumour info - Charter House, Ashford.

FreeCandy

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Well, last night me and a friend were on bikes having street session on the entrance steps and walls all around this building. We werent the quietest with a full suspension freeride bike and a dirtjump bike, crashing and banging off drops, squeeking brakes manualling around and found some old pallets and set them up on a wall for an impromptu jump. Suprisingly no security came and had a go. After around an hour, mhmm, strange so started poking in deeper and found that (apart from a car in the carpark out front) the building was empty. Looking in windows, climbing around the edges... nothing. Inside had been stripped. Began to raise question, is it abandoned.

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The nine-storey building has lain empty in...since the economic crash of 2008.

I would be pleased to see it fill up – it's awful being empty

Didnt see any CCTV, werent any security notices in the windows that I spotted and apart from a light on in a fire escape, the building is empty. Could have some good views from the roof? Maybe explore some office space? Might appeal to somebody! Good luck :)
 

FreeCandy

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Normally has security there, as I found to my detriment one night in December. Have been eyeing up the roof for some time, about the only high thing in Ashford.
Ahh, ok. Thanks for that. Would like to do a high building, was setting out to do the 1 with different lights by the train station in ashford. Rolled up, carpark full of police cars. Aha, thats a police station, sod trying to get on that roof!
 

One Flew East

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Actually it is, well a small part anyway. BTP have an office suite in International House.

As for Charter House - back in the day Taff would have shooed you away with your noisy biking malarkey...
The StarTrek-like consoles in the lift lobbies of Charter are rather nice. And the toilets are spacious.

Neither are go-ers, just now.
Nice thought though, like just a few people have had before now.
 

FreeCandy

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As for Charter House - back in the day Taff would have shooed you away with your noisy biking malarkey...

Oh yes, even a few years ago we were getting told to go away! We got a bit closer than we thought last night and discovered a totally bare building. But thanks for clearing that 1 up though. Do either of you know much of that boarded up building over the road to Hustle nightclub going towards the shared space?
 

FreeCandy

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Ooh, thats the old college. Ive read that there is an air raid shelter in the place? Mhmm, an explore is an explore. If its boring, its a bit of fun getting in and another ticked off the list I guess. That had a lot of security signs in the windows of the buildings and 1 part even had lights still on. was a bit reluctant to check that out!
 

Samsfern

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Oddly enough, on my way into town to meet some friends for drinks, i had a good browse around there too. Another site i had a moach around was the disused gas tower in gasworks lane, access looks difficult, with razor wire on the fence, but it looks like you might be able to go under the fence, saw a sign saying something about intruder devices.

I live in ashford, if your going to check this out, drop me a message, id be interested. Sam.
 

Samsfern

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#15
Charter house isnt going to be easy to get into or on top of, after a scout around last night. Had a spur of the moment last night, whilst walking past the gas tower, managed to get on top of it, via the stairs, damn phone was flat and didnt have my camera with me. Pretty easy to get into, but set an alarm off on my way out. Not too bad a view from the top of it though.