“Just!” was all I could manage in return, but I knew I had to get up as we had a trip planned.
After a shit two days – I won’t go into details, aside from the night before was almost completely full of fail – I needed to get out and take some photos
Within forty five minutes I was up and out the house. We met up and quickly swung by a shop in Birkenhead so I could return an unwanted gift, then headed off to Conway Park station to start our journey to Stockport. As we hit Manchester the temperature was already quite high, at 22°C. We made good time on the way, despite a rail replacement bus because of an over run with some engineering works. Ah well! It gave me a different view of Manchester after only traveling through it on the train.
Once deposited by the coach at the train station, we made our way to the site via the local convenience store. We needed food and drink, drink mainly, as the temperature was continuing to rise! Once loaded with supplies we moved on, like vampires, we stuck to any available shade to keep out of the sun. I swear it was out to kill me!
Finding the site wasn’t a problem as I’d made an unsuccessful trip previously and access to the site was no problem as I had good intel from my previous trip; getting in to the building was a bugger and more of a challenge than I understand it has been! Sufficed to say, we made it! But not after having dinner and drinks
The building was a brewery in a previous life and according to planning applications a mill (but I may be mixing up the chronology here). It became a pigment factory sometime in the 80′s. EC Pigments was formed in July 2000 with the integration of European Colour (Pigments) Limited and Roma Color Inc.
The company produces organic pigments for the printing ink, plastics and coatings markets. For a number of years the business focussed almost exclusively on the printing inks market but more recently has found success in plastics and coatings areas.
On 17th September 2008 the plant went up in flames, with the fire believed to have originated in an extraction system.
Since the fire the company has pulled out of Stockport, with no mention of the Stockport operation on their site. There has been a planning application granted for a change of use from B2 General Industrial to B8 Storage and Warehousing, dating from July 2009. From what I can tell, permission was granted in September 2009. This planning permission has a life of three years, with the two year mark rapidly approaching, will it see it’s use changed? Or, indeed, will it be used again?
All in all, we spent two and a half hours in there. I could have been much longer except we had other places we wanted to see, but that’s a whole other report.
Thanks for reading. My pictures don’t do this place justice, hopefully ex0′s will. When he eventually gets them up, I’ll link to them here
Right, on with the pics…