Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21

Thread: ICI/ Nobel Explosives, Ardeer - Pic heavy

  1. #1
    Join Date
    April 2009
    Age
    25
    Posts
    33
    Thanked
    25

    Default ICI/ Nobel Explosives, Ardeer - Pic heavy


    Ok so this site has been thoroughly covered and reported by Mr Cooper but I feel almost obliged to add my own tuppence worth..

    Founded in 1871 by Mr Alfred Nobel in order to produce his shiny new invention, Dynamite. The business then grew and moved onto the production of other explosives such as blasting gelatine, gelignite, ballistite, guncotton, and cordite. The workforce grew until it reached a peak of nearly 13,000 employees. In 1926 the result of a merge between Brunner, Mond & Company, the United Alkali Company, and the British Dyestuffs Corporation with Nobel Industries LTD resulted in the creation of ICI. The site was descirbed as the worlds largest explosives facotry, more like a town than a factory with an on-site bank, travel agent and dentist. A train station was once present to which transported workers to and from the factory. A nitric acid plant was built in the 1960's but was only operational for 12 years before being decommisioned, a large cooling tower was to be found in this area but this was destroyed during bad weather.

    All production has now been centralised to a smaller part of the site leaving a lot of the old buildings lying disused and abandoned...

    Photos are from visits between March and September.

    The Bunkers

    One of the bunkers from outside


    Switchgear


    Equipment


    Emergency Instructions


    "ICI EXPLOSIVES - AEROSPACE & AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH

    NOTICE TO VISITORS AND STAFF
    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES - BUILDING WPP3

    SITE TOXIC GAS ALARM
    FIRE ALARM SOUNDING
    AN ACCIDENT REQUIRING AN AMBULANCE

    SITE TOXIC GAS ALARM
    This is a siren alarm, when heard you should proceed immediate to the GAS SHELTER, for this is located in the Garnock West farm house. The way to the shelter is indicated by white arrows on a green background with the door to the gas shelter marked with EMERGENCY GAS SHELTER in white on a green background. Do not leave the gas shelter until the alarm has stopped, and the person in charge allows you to leave.

    FIRE ALARM
    This is a loud klaxon

    If you discover a fire immediately inform a member of the department who will set off the fire alarm and call the fire brigade.

    If the fire alarm sounds leave the building immediately by the nearest safe exit and proceed to the FIRE ASSEMBLY AREA, for WPP3 this is located in front of Garnock West farm house, and is marked with a sign of a white circle on a green background.

    AN ACCIDENT REQUIRING AN AMBULANCE
    The ambulance point for WPP3 - No. 19 - is located at the front of Garnock West farm house.

    From the manual labled 'ENERGETIC POLYMERS DRAFT-MANUFACTURING METHODS' "

    Corridors which run along the spine of each bunker, motors would have sat here which would have operated Tangye presses in the rooms in which they are connected to


    One of the presses


    Various pieces of scientific equipment, scales, oscilliscope, glassware etc


    Another Corridor


    The Mixing houses



    Nitroglycerine vats, notice the holes in the wall, should anything go wrong water would have been pumped through these flooding the entire mixing area


    Small building used to load/unload materials onto the carts which ran on the many miles of narrow guage rail track connecting the whole site


    The Laboratories
    Between this and the first visit I got a new camera, as a result...better pictures

    Test vault


    Viewing corridor


    Outside labs from 'The Street'


    Testing ground, small detonations and left overs from experiments would have been destroyed here


    Plate cameras, hooked up to a unit which would have allowed the cameras to shoot one after the other allowing the caputre of a detonation


    Glass plate negative, not from previously mentioned cameras. This shot showed the damage done to 2 sheets of glass at an overpressure of 100psi from an explosion, one glass cracked the other blown completely out the frame.


    Large mortar to test the power of explosives.


    Inside one of the labs


    The biggest one


    Monitoring equipment


    Archive room, probably my favourite part of this whole site, full of photographs and records of experiments, the outcomes and details of world first pioneering research for explosives and methods used today can be found in here, shaped charges for example used in modern demolition and warheads were discovered and created here.


    The Power Station
    An industrial gem, a giant in comparison to all the other smaller buildings here. It generated electricity for the facility and steam which was distributed throughout the site in insulated pipes for heating..Had a peak output of around 16MW

    External


    In the belly of the beast


    I was expecting an air tight chamber with a big blast door, flashing lights, gas masks and hazmat suits..instead it was only a make shift staff room with double glazing and a pretty normal wooden door, you can only imagine the dissapointment...


    Boiler faces


    Turbines




    Up and into the boiler towers


    At the top of the boilers


    Gantries above the coal hoppers


    Some juicy control panel goodness


    Switchroom


    80KA, yes 80,000 amp fuse


    Underneath one of the boilers


    Control panels in the tiny control room


    Coming back down, time to go home


    Sorry for this being such a huge report but each section is an explore in itself, eventually after 4 visits to the site I had seen enough to produce a report. Despite this future visits are in order as there's still a significant portion of the site to be visited....

    Thanks for taking the time to have a look


    › See more like: ICI/ Nobel Explosives, Ardeer - Pic heavy

    ----------
    Thanks given by: panicpants

  2. #2
    Join Date
    December 2008
    Posts
    321
    Thanked
    238

    Default


    I really like the shallow DoF on the corridor shots - good stuff

    ----------

  3. #3
    Join Date
    April 2009
    Age
    25
    Posts
    33
    Thanked
    25

    Default


    Thanks Ben, yeah I've really taken quite a shining to using the F/1.4 for corridor shots in order to get that DoF effect, also like the tighter feel it gives to the corridors to.

    ----------

  4. #4
    Join Date
    February 2009
    Location
    Wirral, Merseyside
    Age
    39
    Posts
    75
    Thanked
    1

    Default


    Cracking report there, great read and pics are good too. Mixing rooms look really interesting

    ----------

  5. #5
    Join Date
    January 2007
    Location
    East Devon's Jurassic Park!
    Posts
    8,609
    Thanked
    951

    Default


    Excellent pics and write-up. Great to see more of this amazing explore. Lol at 'Which Explosive Should I Use?'
    "...If we lose our spiritual bond with the land they'll be nothing left of us as a nation..." Phil Rickman.

    I can't read and I can't write, but that don't really matter,
    I come from the west country and I can drive a tractor.


    Website Story

    ----------

  6. #6
    Join Date
    April 2009
    Age
    25
    Posts
    33
    Thanked
    25

    Default


    Thanks Foxylady haha aye I had quite a lol at it to

    ----------

  7. #7
    Join Date
    April 2008
    Location
    scotland
    Age
    49
    Posts
    888
    Thanked
    375

    Default


    very nice no big bangs in this report

    ----------

  8. #8
    Join Date
    November 2009
    Location
    scotland
    Age
    32
    Posts
    7
    Thanked
    0

    Default


    Wow ... some fascinating machines, and a pretty comprehensive report.

    ----------

  9. #9
    Join Date
    April 2009
    Age
    25
    Posts
    33
    Thanked
    25

    Default


    Quote Originally Posted by Pincheck View Post
    very nice no big bangs in this report
    Haha aye sorry Pincheck, had to leave the bangs out sadly

    Cheers Cozone

    ----------

  10. #10
    Join Date
    November 2006
    Location
    Severalls Hospital
    Posts
    2,522
    Thanked
    104

    Thumbs up


    Amazing looking place. Really enjoyed your photos -me favourite being the one of the viewing corridor -ta Pyro!
    Lb

    Think we're gonna need a bigger boat

    www.severallshospital.co.uk
    www.runwellhospital.co.uk

    ----------

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast

About us
DerelictPlaces is a forum for people with an interest in the history and documentation of derelict and abandoned buildings to come together and share their experiences, photography and historical findings. Our military, industrial and historical heritage is fast disappearing under the pressure of regeneration, the need for new housing, and often through simple neglect; Our aim is to document these places before they disappear entirely.
Follow us