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Thread: Permanite Asphalt, Matlock, Derbyshire, October 2018

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    Default Permanite Asphalt, Matlock, Derbyshire, October 2018


    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 isnít much left. That said thereís 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

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    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

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    Finally, up the tower:

    img9910 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    img9912 by HughieDW, on Flickr
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    img9917 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9918 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9924 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    I keep meaning to check this out when Im up that way. Brilliantly captured!
    What the hell am I doing, I mean really at my age!

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    That's a nice report but it looks like the talent of the grafitti artist has superseded your handiwork. Some good artwork there.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    Great shots Hugie. Were you tempted by that iron ladder, leading onto the dome shaped roof at any point? :D

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    Some nice, and some awful graf there! Beautiful photos throughout tho! Thanks for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikinGlynn View Post
    I keep meaning to check this out when Im up that way. Brilliantly captured!
    Cheers mate. Much appreciated.

    Quote Originally Posted by RedX_unleashed View Post
    Great shots Hugie. Were you tempted by that iron ladder, leading onto the dome shaped roof at any point? :D
    Decided to give that one a miss mate!

    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanX View Post
    Some nice, and some awful graf there! Beautiful photos throughout tho! Thanks for sharing!
    You're very kind sir! Thank you.

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    Nice building that, even with the graffiti.
    Don't worry about security until you've been caught.
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    I quite enjoyed my few visits here.the first one we cleared off after some yobs were throwing bricks about.i like the graffiti here for sure.great set of shots matey
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    All the graff wasn't there when I went - dunno if it makes it better or not.....
    Live and let live

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    Quote Originally Posted by Infraredd View Post
    All the graff wasn't there when I went - dunno if it makes it better or not.....
    Just different I guess...

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