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Report - Permanite Asphalt, Matlock, Derbyshire, October 2018


HughieD

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1. The History
Permanite Asphalt was incorporated in 1989 and later became known as Ruberoid (part of the IKO Group). According to Companies House, they were dissolved on 2nd September 2016. Located just outside Matlock, the plant made asphalt flooring blocks which were mainly used to waterproof the floors of new buildings.

The plant took powdered limestone from several of the local quarries and mixed it with hot bitumen emulsion that was brought down from the refineries of Ellesmere port, this being a bi-product of the fuel oil-refining process. The mixed tar and limestone solution was poured into metal moulds on the floor of the big shed and allowed to solidify, then the back-breaking process of manually separating and stacking the cooled blocks could begin.

During the late 80's part of the process was mechanised when Permanite spent a lot of money on a shiny new plant that would replace the labourers, but kept breaking down. The site was regulated by the local Derbyshire Dales District Council on the condition that the heating of tar or bitumen is regulated under section 6.3 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations.

Originally, the site was part of the larger Cawdor Quarry complex. It is suggested that the factory closed sometime around 2009.

2. The Explore
This was a back up as the nearby explore at Tansley Wood mills failed due to what appeared to be on site security (we came across a guard dog who started barking at us!) This place was a much easier prospect. A park-close-by and walk straight in job. It is pretty trashed and there isn’t much left. That said there’s some interesting industrial remnants from the asphalt floor block making process and a fine array of graff. So good for a relaxed hour or so wander.

3. The Pictures

Nice to be greeted by this lovely Coloquix piece:

img9863 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9864 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9866 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9868 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9869 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9870 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The main tower:

img9871 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The old admin block burnt down:

img9872 by HughieDW, on Flickr

More admin blocks round the back:

img9877 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9878 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Obligatory penis graff:

img9883 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9886 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9887 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Inside the main hall (note speed boat bottom left!)

img9889 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9890 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9891 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9894 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And on to the other large hall:

img9895 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9897 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9899 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9902bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9904 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9905 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Finally, up the tower:

img9910 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9911 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9912 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9915 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9917 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9918 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img9924 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 

zeanomuttmk2

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Great pictures! Been there myself and had a very long conversation with a security guard (who was actually very nice and showed us round) apparently the site is due to be knocked down sometime soon. It's a real shame as its one of the best sites in Derbyshire :(
 

LittleOwl

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28DL Full Member
They say it's not an urbex until you spot the obligatory cock graffiti
 

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