Category Archives: Factories

Bye Bye Tip Top

A longstanding employee of Tip Top’s bakery in Wellington succinctly documents personal and professional concerns in the year of its closure. A bakery had existed on the site since the early 1900s: originally Denhard Bakeries before the property and business were sold to George Weston Foods (NZ) in the 1950s. Tip Top’s shuttering of the plant appears to have been actioned swiftly. On Tuesday 30th September, 2008, staff were gathered and informed of the imminent closure, with the final bake coming less than three weeks later on Sunday 19th October.

 

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Derelict Meat Killing Plant

This plant was closed in 2009 with a large amount of redundancies and has sat vacant ever since with attempts at re purposing the plant failing.

Inside this derelict meat works we found an array of old machinery and relics of a past industry and some incredible, massive old silver lined chillers that felt almost like entering another universe.

Meatworks

Meatworks

Slaughterhouse entrance

Slaughterhouse entrance

Playing with the light

Playing with the light

Presumably where the animals were first brought in to be slaughtered.

Presumably where the animals were first brought in to be slaughtered.

Conveyor belts.

Conveyor belts.

Those meat curtains.

Those meat curtains.

One of the chillers has collapsed.

One of the chillers has collapsed.

Meat board!

Meat board!

The clock used to tick.

The clock has stopped ticking at 5pm, end of the workday.

Offices, left the same as they day they were made redundant.

Offices, left the same as they day they were made redundant.

Old floppy disks

Old floppy disks

Building plans.

Building plans.

Workshop, with a murder chalk scene?

Workshop, with a murder chalk scene?

Control Room

Control Room

More of the Electrical Room

More of the Electrical Room

The Electrical Room

The Electrical Room

Graffiti in the workshop

Graffiti in the workshop

 

Station B

This set of images from London’s iconic Battersea Power Station come to us courtesy of our friend Sentinel UE. He writes: We had been looking at doing this for a few weeks. A daytime visit a week before showed the way in. The night came for us to go in, but a text came in saying, ‘Forget about it, the access is locked down.’ We were not prepared to be outdone, and thinking of another possible route headed for that option. Once onto the site it was a fun time trying to read the maps kindly given to us – we had been up all day on another explore and were a bit brain dead – but after a while we sorted our heads out and got sorted with the access points into both Control Room A & B.

Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames. The station ceased generating electricity in 1983, but over the past 50 years it has become one of the best-known landmarks in London. On 7 June, 2012 it was sold to SP Setia and Sime Darby. In January 2013 the first residential apartments went on sale. Construction on Phase 1 is due for completion in 2016/17.  For a previous post on this urbex icon click here.

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for Urbex Central. Thanks for watching and stay tuned for 2014…

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Gunner hardly requires an introduction here at Urbex Central. No doubt you’ll be more than familiar with his antics- in particular his dizzying, vertigo inducing videos. Our chief explorer has been very busy this year- very busy indeed… Unfortunately due to a recent rooftopping accident, he’s going to be a bit quieter over the next month or two. Lets hope Gunner recovers well over the holiday period and is back in force in the New Year.

Tunnel 5l

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Tunnel 4 final

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Tunnel 3 final