Monday, 9 November 2009

Nearly the end

Well the demolition team are now in full swing. They have exposed the inner plant at the Pipeworks even more and if all goes to schedule Id say the building hasn't got long to live. They have stripped out most of the outer shell and sometime soon they will be pushing the large Wellman cranes off the rails that they travel up and down on.

The inner workings are now clear for all to see. The girder steelwork is slowly being chewed away by the large shearers that the demolition company have on site.
All that will be left soon will be piles of rubble

This picture shows the last remaining part of the Hallam Casting Plant being stripped away. The Hallam Plant was an add on to the melting plant. This part of the works produced the large 1600mm diameter pipes.

I managed to snap this crane just before they pushed it down and cut it up for scrap.
The shearer busy at work chopping the scrap steel into manageable chunks ready for the trucks to take away.

Here the shearer is at full reach taking off the roof. These machines enable the building to be demolished safely without anyone having to be in the work area.
Badger seems fed up now with my picture taking of the demolition.

The roof totally gone now. It was a lovely clear day when I took this picture and the steelwork shone in the sun.

The pumphouse once used to cool the plant has gone and just the inlet pipes remain. The sun was nice this morning and lit up the whole area. This picture gives an idea just how large the CMP plant area was. Only the very last part of the plant is left standing

The cranes massive hooks can clearly be seen hanging down in there final resting position. I wonder what will be on this site in ten years time. With the current economic climate I can see it being just a wasteland. I really want this site to be turned into a nature reserve, but I doubt that will happen. I suppose the land is to valuable

So onto the final pictures that I have taken. We are now down to the bare bones. A lovely day again and you can just make out the two hills I have just run from. Bramcote Trig point sits on the right hill of the two.

So the next pictures will most certainly be the last ones for sure. Id like to film the cranes coming down but time is a problem and now that the dark nights are here I cant easily take pictures after work.


  1. Oh, it is sad to see; if it get left as waste land it will make its own nature reserve. Could they build houses there?

  2. Yes
    But its the access road thats the problem
    They want to buld up to 4000 houses on this site and drive that damm road through the gorgeous Erewash Valley. Not good.
    Im all for more houses but that road is not on.
    It just wont do