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    Default Bureau Central - France - May 2018


    The once grand Bureau Central administration building now stands decayed and rotting, but still retains nearly all of it's character.


    History

    The Bureau Central was the main offices for the de Wendel Family Metal company. The Family had been involved in metal industry since the 18th Century. By the 19th Century they were the 3rd largest iron company in Franc. In 1870 they became the largest iron company after a major furnace upgrade successfully modernised their production.

    During this period they employed 7000 people and were producing 112,500 tonnes of iron and 134,500 tonnes of pig iron each year.



    When they expanding to steelmaking, they needed a grand main office to impress customers and keep on top of their every growing enterprise, and so in 1892 Central Bureau was built. In 1926 the Bureau Central was expanded to cope with the still growing paperwork.

    The de Wendal iron enteprise continued to flourish until the post WW2 period where business fell into a decline. The mining industry was nationalised and eventually the whole family company was completely nationalised.

    Bureau Central was abandoned in the 1980's after a company merger. The building itself is listed and protected.





    The Explore

    The first attempt at Bureau Central was a bit of a fail as there was a worker cutting trees right behind the building, exactly where I needed to be. So I went off to explore a plan B (Terre Rouge) and returned a few days later on a Saturday morning when it was much quieter, and I got in with no drama this time.

    The building is very decayed and has been well trashed. Looking at older photos it seems its been in a bad state of decay for a number of years, and not much has changed recently.
    It's got 4 levels including a huge basement level. The building is pretty big, with lots of rooms, but most of them are empty and layered in collapsed ceiling material.

    However the grandeur, architecture and nice lighting makes it the most photogenic explore I've done for a while. The long corridors, skylights and peeling paint tick all the boxes of a good decay photo.

    I was there alone for a couple hours until 5 German Explorers showed up to explore it too. Turned out to be a really decent bunch too.

    A cracker of an explore!



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    Fantastic set of pics mate! Glad you got this one done in the end. Great work man!

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    some amazing pics there mate well done!

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    Amazing place.so many nice features in there.that glass roof is stunning.lovely photos
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    That is a mind-blowingly great set of pix Gromr. Fab architecture, loads of wrought-iron work and high-grade decay. Fantastic stuff. France has so much to offer. Picture 6 and that type-writer...stunning.

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    That is one stunning architectural explore brilliantly portrayed. Top work Gromr

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    Liked the extierier shots, the glass roof,the stairs, the typewriter the.... Shit it's all good, Thanks
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    Perfectly decayed:) Would love to see this place! Gorgeous ironwork and skylights, just love that typewriter too! Wonderful Gromr!
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    Blinding all around. Stunning building so well captured.
    :::::: Growing old disgracefully ::::::

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    Really beautiful photos, thank you.

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