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Gillette Factory( former), Gillette Corner, London
Designed by Sir Banister F. Fletcher in 1936 and built specifically for Gillette, the razor manufacturer, the design of the building frontage is said to resemble a razor. and is located on the famous art deco 'Golden Mile' in West London.
This factory remained the UK ( and for a time) Euro HQ of Gillette's European Operation , from before WW2 up until production ceased in 2006, where manufacturing was swapped to a new facility in Poland.
The Bonnington Group have been granted planning permission by the London Borough of Hounslow to develop the 1930s Art Deco Grade II listed Gillette building into a hotel and business park, which will add to the West Cross industrial estate, of which Gillette Corner lies at the west end
First off, all credit to agk for the tip off on this site...nice one mate
I went for a visit to establish the access before returning with agk a week later.
Lots to see in this site.....as usual, the first time in, its all about keeping quiet and expecting to be caught.
Subsequent visit...knowing the layout and the score, times were a little (just a little) bit more relaxed
Alot of ground to cover in this one, so I'll break it down the main areas into a few posts.
The climb into the clock room
Looking back down the spiral stairway....from the safety of the clock room.
Inside the clock room.....clicks, bangs and whirs of the clock mechanism take over the sounds of the outside world.
.....a lovely old skool timer/ chain/counterweight/motor driven mechanism
The clock motor...
The central cog mech.....feeding the 4 clock faces...
The clock mech internals...
Up a ladder and through a hatch, you head up onto the small 'turret' of the clock tower......the highest part of the factory
Up here there was a great view of the factory complex....and the surrounding area
Leaning over the side ( and before 2am) you can view the elaborate neon lighting scheme across the clock faces.
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