The Towers, Bishops Avenue (April 2021)

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Continuing my tradition of visiting places 10 years after everyone else, The Towers was somewhere I'd always wanted to see since first finding out Urban Exploring was even a thing. I know it's a building site, and I know it's been done to death, but I couldn't find any recent reports on the place, so figured some recent photos of the destruction might be good for a giggle!

History;

There used to be 16 or so unoccupied and dilapidated mansions on The Bishops Avenue, worth as much as £350 million. The super-rich who own them, mainly from Saudi Arabia are confident that even if they leave the properties to rot they will still get a tremendous return on their investment when they sell up, because of increasing land values. Since the BBC got hold of the area and various news articles came out, several mansions have been demolished, several have been saved and several now have live-in security. But The Towers fits into none of these categories.

Explore;

A bit of a tricky entry this one, as someone else in their report very eloquently said; there are more CCTV cameras in this area than trees!
All was going well, until I was down in the pool area and heard footsteps above me. Naturally I hid, and moments later heard 'Security with a dog, come out now!' shouted from what sounded like relatively close by. Naturally, I stayed hidden. 20 minutes or so passed, with the occasional sound of footsteps and voices becoming less frequent. Whoever shouted never materialized and I was able to quickly finish my explore and leave. My guess was that it was security from another site, not being able to set foot inside The Towers as it wasn't his jurisdiction, but just trying to scare me out. The site is flanked by two 24/7 guarded sites; White Lodge Close and Arden Court Gardens, the latter being fully abandoned too, but with absolutely no hope of getting access to! Either way, I escaped! Yipee.

Amusingly, as I was sat in my car having just left the site, the security chap from White Lodge Close opened his gates, exited his hut and came and stood on the main road staring at me and my girlfriend sat in our car. He didn't say anything, or try and approach us, but just stared at us as we drove off. I'm guessing he knew where I'd just been!

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All the best folks...
 

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🤣 Please tell me you waved at him?

Belting that and a place I've never been so.... I'll see your 10 years and raise it by...... Forever probably.

Nice work, love it.
 

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Continuing my tradition of visiting places 10 years after everyone else, The Towers was somewhere I'd always wanted to see since first finding out Urban Exploring was even a thing. I know it's a building site, and I know it's been done to death, but I couldn't find any recent reports on the place, so figured some recent photos of the destruction might be good for a giggle!

History;

There used to be 16 or so unoccupied and dilapidated mansions on The Bishops Avenue, worth as much as £350 million. The super-rich who own them, mainly from Saudi Arabia are confident that even if they leave the properties to rot they will still get a tremendous return on their investment when they sell up, because of increasing land values. Since the BBC got hold of the area and various news articles came out, several mansions have been demolished, several have been saved and several now have live-in security. But The Towers fits into none of these categories.

Explore;

A bit of a tricky entry this one, as someone else in their report very eloquently said; there are more CCTV cameras in this area than trees!
All was going well, until I was down in the pool area and heard footsteps above me. Naturally I hid, and moments later heard 'Security with a dog, come out now!' shouted from what sounded like relatively close by. Naturally, I stayed hidden. 20 minutes or so passed, with the occasional sound of footsteps and voices becoming less frequent. Whoever shouted never materialized and I was able to quickly finish my explore and leave. My guess was that it was security from another site, not being able to set foot inside The Towers as it wasn't his jurisdiction, but just trying to scare me out. The site is flanked by two 24/7 guarded sites; White Lodge Close and Arden Court Gardens, the latter being fully abandoned too, but with absolutely no hope of getting access to! Either way, I escaped! Yipee.

Amusingly, as I was sat in my car having just left the site, the security chap from White Lodge Close opened his gates, exited his hut and came and stood on the main road staring at me and my girlfriend sat in our car. He didn't say anything, or try and approach us, but just stared at us as we drove off. I'm guessing he knew where I'd just been!

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All the best folks...
 

verdigris

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vulgar vulgar vulgar ! reminds me of the houses featured in the book 'Dictators' Homes' by Peter York.
A surfeit of pillars

but great pics
 

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