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A visit to GKN Shadow Factory: Video

GKN Shadow FactoryAfter walking around with a flip cam in Belmont Row I decided to try out a go pro and take another visit to the GKN factory.

Thankfully having a headcam meant that there was a smaller chance of tripping over some debris and shredding my hands, maybe they could work that in to their marketing somehow.

Anyway the weather was amazing and I took a good look around. I still haven’t managed to find the tunnel system but I’ll keep looking and maybe find some other urban explorers who I could join.

I have to say this was one of my favourite visits and am really happy that I can share it with you.

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Belmont Row Co-Op Factory, Birmingham: Video

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It’s been a few months since I last visited the Co-Op factory in Birmingham and I thought I’d try out a video walkthrough of the building.

It was hard to get in this time as there were police around the area so I tried to look as inconspicious as I could whilst lugging a camera and flip camera… not suspicious at all.

The video is quite shaky as it was my first time and there was a lot of debris on the floor. There was also the though of the floor collapsing beneath my feat.

Also it was sunny, yay!

Anyway, check out the video below.

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A trip to Belmont Works Co-op Factory, Birmingham

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Finally a visit actually in Birmingham!

It took me a while to find out who actually owned the building and whether permission to visit was… permissible?

It wasn’t and I duly heeded their advice due to health and safety concerns… ahem.

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The Co-op factory’s red hue contrasts sharply with the modern buildings surrounding it. It currently sits in the middle of the Eastside Locks redevelopment site, which, according to¬† the architects, aims to create:

a place of vibrancy,beauty and, critically in this case, to create long term benefits for Birmingham.

Whether this will be the case remains to be seen. According to the masterplan for Eastside Locks and the planning permission, the Belmont Works will be turned in to a new hotel sitting in front of ‘Arrival Square’.

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I’ll be honest, this was the most nervous I’ve been in a while visiting a building.

First of all there is a construction site right next to the building and it was disconcerting to hear a giant digger whilst inside the crumbling remains of the building.

I decided not to venture upstairs

I decided not to venture upstairs

Secondly there seems to be a running theme with urban exploration. Asbestos. I’m considering buying a breathing mask but it may look a bit conspicuous wearing a white mask with a camera around my neck.

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The historic building dates back to 1899 and has served as a factory making rubber, underwear and pianos. Hopefully not combined though.

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Unfortunately a fire gutted the building in 2007 and strong winds toppled over much of the roof.

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Taking risks is all part of urban exploration but I didn’t feel like trying my luck this time. Maybe some hearty explorers will pick up where I left off?

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