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Report - - Kimberly Clark Water Tower, Northfleet Kent - March 2017 | Industrial Sites | 28DaysLater.co.uk

Report - Kimberly Clark Water Tower, Northfleet Kent - March 2017



Impulsive_Duo

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History

There isn't much information publicly available about this particular tower. From our research we have found the tower was built early to mid 1950's. It was used as offices and store rooms, then later an electrical lift was installed to give access to all but the top floor. As far as we know, the factory and tower were closed in 1973, but to this day Kimberly Clark still have a presence onsite.

Our Explore

We have walked past this structure many times over the years but have always found it difficult to obtain access. As the years have gone on, we have gained more experience we have decided to try again. This was a spur of the moment explore and as the road outside of the tower was temporarily closed, we knew this would be good explore for our first post on here. We didn't have our camera equipment with us, and all we had was our climbing equipment. After surveying a few ways of getting around the spiked fence and hundreds of security cameras, to the base of the tower we were also hit with the dilemma of a steel wall approximately 12 foot high around the base of the tower and steel fencing on the windows.

Once inside we saw signs of asbestos warnings along with pipes containing running water, the lift which was locked and a spiral staircase. We proceeded to head to the top of the tower to see if we are able to gain access to the roof. We could see some CCTV camera's at the top so we knew there must be a way!. Each floor had something different to observe and was really interesting. Upon heading through each floor the bird shit was getting increasingly heavy! The top few floors contained live and dead pigeons. The staircases and ladders were covered in shit - we didn't even have our climbing gloves! Continuing through to the top level we were hit with a ladder. The ladder disappeared through the concrete ceiling into a dark tunnel. Holding our sleeve's to ensure we weren't touching the shit on the ladder we started to climb. Coming close to the top it became windier and we could feel the rain hitting our heads, that's when we knew we had found the roof. The roof had a lot to offer in the way of views and walking area. We spent the best part of 30 minutes on the roof.

Soon after we headed back down and took one last look around before leaving. It was nice to go somewhere which hasn't be vandalized or ruined by graffiti. Feeling pleased with our visit we patted ourselves on the back for finally accomplishing
this tower after years of wanting to do it.

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