The Rüdersdorf Phosphate Works. (The offices).

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Grindle

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Rüdersdorf Phosphate Works, Began life in 1899 as a cement factory operated by C.O.Wegener.

In 1939 the huge Preussag AG, mineral metal and mining corporation took over and later produced bauxite vital for the Nazis’ war effort.

Post WW2 the Soviets dismantled the plant, but it found a new lease of life in 1950 when the VEB Glühphosphatwerk Rüdersdorf was formed to make the aforementioned phosphates.

Two more kilns were added in 1972 and towards the end of the 70’s the factory came under control of the VEB Kombinat Agrochemie (agrochemicals).

German reunification spelled the end for the business, with dwindling sales and dodgy dealings from investors preceding the inevitable.

The factory gates were permanently closed in 1999.

Archive photo material sourced: www.ruedersdorf.de

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We shall start with the offices, which are situated external to the well fenced and security protected works itself , also across a Edit - *PROFANITY REMOVED* river. A big Edit - *PROFANITY REMOVED* river.

Scouting round the harras fencing, it seemed to me the only way in was through the trees, back track. Time to venture into the bushes

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Magnificent buildings, wonderful architecture, all secure? It seemed that way until I found an old chair, and a half open window that I could just about heave myself in through.

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Not much in the basement.

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Most of the rooms were stripped and bashed about throughout

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Some really great wrought iron work on the stairs

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The good old days when engineers, draughtsmen and the like had to think and not rely on CAD, and AI

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Some of the company documentation just lying around begging to be photographed.

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Now, how to cross the river?
For over the river lies the plant itself...........
 
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The iron work on those stairs is totally boss. You so seldom see anything like that on English 'splores. Same in France - awesome stone work on the WW1 forts there where as the equivalent in Britain is just incredibly functional!
 
Interesting, last time I was in Berlin they were shooting a feature film at Rudersdorf so there was too much activity to go exploring. Looks like you timed it well.

Re. access to the offices, why didn't you just climb the Heras fencing?
 
Wandered Rudersdorf 2 or 3 times but never did the offices. Leg burner walking all the steps to the roof of the Factory that I know for sure. Nice set Grindle
 
You don't get a haha 🤣 for this post, but those stairs a wonderful and great photos, interesting location too.
Also did you make it over the ****** River to get to the plant?
 
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Regarding; "In 1939 the huge Preussag AG, mineral metal and mining corporation took over and later produced bauxite vital for the Nazis’ war effort", bauxite is the ore from which aluminium is made.

As for "A big Edit - *PROFANITY REMOVED* river", what "PROFANITY"? Is there a nearby river whose spelling in English someone considered to be a "PROFANITY"? As a wordsmith, I'm curious.
 

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