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Report - Jeld Wen Timber Yard..Lowestoft May 2021


Mikeymutt

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This place has been a local classic from when I first started exploring. And for some reason I had never been before. Then two years ago I thought I would go and look on my own. As I was looking for a way in I bumped into two people who had literally just started exploring. So they joined up with me and we went in together. We made our way to the pipes and did that area. We decided to look to see if we can get in the far building opposite it. Sadly one of them walked up near the end to the security hut and then started walking back. Then next thing we saw security coming around the corner shouting us to stop. He was alright with us and told us the gulls at the end gave us away when they all flew up in the air. So I basically missed the kiln area what was to do on the way out. Fast forward a few years and me and man gone wrong decided to go try again as he had not been. We pulled up and was greeted with lots of plant and demolished sheds at the far end. We thought we ain't getting in here today but it actually ended up being easier than ever. We saw security pull up to the gate and do his rounds then go out and drive away. It appears that the sheds are being demolished with the construction of a new river crossing. I can imagine when this is built that the rest of the site will meet a similar demise. As I can imagine once the bridge is built it will be (1) a big eyesore next to a new bridge and (2) prime land next to a new bridge.
Jeld Wen in Lowestoft was formerly owned by Boulton and Paul which was a big local company in my home city. They opened the site in 1962 by the river and employed about 400 people in the eighties. In 1999 an American company called Jeld Wen Inc bought up Boulton and Paul and John Carr and was rebranded as Jeld Wen UK Ltd. Jeld Wen started off in Oregon as a millwork plant with a handful of employees. It grew into a massive company with 150 divisions and twenty thousand employees across the world. The yard here basically milled and processed wood, this was then taken to other factories and staircases and windows were built. In 2009 a recession hit the country and hit the building trade hard. It was decided to close the Lowestoft branch, and it closed in 2010 with the loss off nearly 200 jobs. The massive 36 acre site has sat derelict since.

The main draw here is the massive pipes that form the huge extraction system for the timber workshops.
This is the impressive view from the side.

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The most popular shot here as to be looking down here. I shot it last time and since investing in a slightly wider lens I shot it again. They are not as tall as they look.

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A few other bits of the site. An empty shed near the pipes.

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Next to the main workshop which is still sealed shut is this what you could call a massive lean too. Their was some plinths for machinery in here.

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At the front of the main workshop are a handful of these lights. I must admit I really liked these and were a fair size.

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To the rear of the site is a small boiler house what was pitch black inside but still nice.

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Mikeymutt

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Inside the middle of the pipes is a nice boiler room. It has two boilers used to burn the excess wood I think.

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A nice panel switch gear with some controls on the other side.

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The final bit is the drying kilns. Their is a long run of kilns with large fans inside. I remember leaving school and working in a furniture workshop and they had a simpler version with old containers, but the same principal.

The row of some off the kilns on the left. Most are in pitch black but one had the door fallen off recently. So got some light in.

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Service corridor were the kilns could be calibrated.

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I did do a few shots in the dark kilns.

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Calibration dial. Their was one on each kiln.

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Mikeymutt

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Thats nice that. Iv done "their other" factory which seems relatively unexplored & is a bit of a cracker.
Thanks mate. I know there are a few that have shut. One that has been explored a few times but now demolished I think.
 

Lndnpdd

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Brilliant photos, I am heading back to Lowestoft in a couple of weeks to see family so I might have to stick my nose in for a bit of an explore!!
 

Mikeymutt

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Brilliant photos, I am heading back to Lowestoft in a couple of weeks to see family so I might have to stick my nose in for a bit of an explore!!
Thank you. Deffo worth a look. Not sure how it will be now, looked like things are moving quickly there.
 

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