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Report - Water Research Centre, Medmenham, July 2012


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I found this place by accident but it has always provided me with a buzz.

Vague history borrowed (but ensured its accuracy) from ontour.

1927 The Water Pollution Research Board (WPRB) began work in the UK.
1940 The Water Pollution Research Laboratory (WPRL) was set up in the UK. During the Second World War, varied research projects included effluent problems of munitions plants and development of a field kit for RAF life rafts that rendered seawater drinkable.
1961 WRA moves to its headquarters in Medmenham.
1999 WRc-NSF formed as a joint venture between WRc plc and NSF International encompassing the Laboratories at Medmenham and the Evaluation and Testing Centre in Oakdale.
2004 Testing of materials for water contact moved from Medmenham to the Evaluation and Testing Centre in Oakdale, creating a single laboratory for all testing of water fittings.
2006 The Chemical analysis and Consultancy Groups move from Medmenham to new laboratories in Reading.

Despite this location being fairly derped due to the apparent match-happy locals, it still impresses me with its laboratories, chemical warning signs, and the vast open factory warehouse.

I've been studying vegetation succession occurring on a lithosere environment (where plants begin to develop on bare rock/ground) so you may be able to tell my unhealthy interest in it...

I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures as much as I did taking them.


The factory










We didn't trust the stairs, so...

Thanks for viewing,

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