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Just a quick update, been busy lately.

In order to summarise the last month, we’ve got hidden industry, rooftops, general japery and mega parties…



Materialistic Fatalistic


Big Brother, Over The City

Manchester < Palace

Sasha's Place

Until next time…


London Road Fire Station, Manchester. A long time coming…

London Road Cornerage

It’s the voice mail you’ve always wanted. “We’re in London Road Fire Station’. Whut, bags packed…

Fishbrain, Morse, Tweek and Gone had made it in during the day, we were to head back at night, big props to them.

Rooftoppin' Heritage

It was as you’d expect, not far off the same as it was 5 years ago looking at old reports on 28DaysLater

Stuffed animals, police cells, drying racks, towers, empty rooms and covered scaffolding.

Police cells, no buzzers.

We spent a good few hours here, seeing all of it minus the area’s monitored via little blinking boxes.

Hang Your Hoses, Drying Racks

Hang Your Hoses, Drying Racks

An important part of Manchester’s history, seen upfront and in person, much enjoy.

Fire Doors

Engine Bays

Manor House L

Another early get up, to travel far and wide in search of manor house L.

Watch Out - Manor L

Albeit we were slightly disappointed, but what’s a brother to do…

Staircase - Manor L

There’s no information available on this place, right now, but it’s big, empty and has a half broken piano.

No Key Piano - Manor L

This would have been a really grand place, much of it has been stripped back, to become what, we don’t know, but a home? Unlikely…

Grandeur Stands - Manor L

In summary, that’s it, although as a finale, this is it…

Eyes - Manor L

In Manchester

Co-Op HQ

It was time to stay closer to home. Meeting up with Gone we initially visited the new Co-Op HQ building close to Victoria station. Access was gained fairly straightforward and were right up on the roof. It was blowing a gale alright, tripod was on a wobble trip so we soon headed back inside to see the cathedral / museum / site of significant UE interest scaffolding…

Scaffolding, Beauty.

With the wind blowing hard, we had to stop for a moment. See those black sheets on the ground in the above image, those were falling from the roof which made for an interesting observation, time to look a little closer…


We then headed back into town, meeting up with Tweek and Fishbrain, it was time for a new target.

Central Library and Town Hall Extension, Mancunia.


The Dome was incredibly impressive, prominent and lit through the surrounding windows. This was first visited by Gone back in September, it was time to head inside, go under and above stuff and see what the crack is…

Go In Dome

Then the entrance hall…

Beauty In Refurb

Tunnel of extension, grimey…

Going Deep

We hung around in the Town Hall Extension for a short while, got up in the roof-space and headed out onto the outer scaffolding to make admirational photographic images of the main town hall clocktower…

Brap, etc.




We Went To Leeds

Back in January, it was the Leeds meet for another UE forum, UEF.


Me and Nick headed out to Leeds in the morning initially, to DOANDERP and DOANOFFICEBLOCK. We did that, went home, cleaned up and went back to get wasted and perform foolish acts of throwing kebab meet at other members and go in apartment blocks, true story bro…

Southpoint Rooftop

As discussed, the night time brought about the ascent of  Opal 3, a high rise student containment facility in that there Leeds, conveniently located around the corner from the venue of choice for the bulk of the night. Cheers to MJS and Clough for this one…

Opal 3 – Night Time

It was a good view of the city up here, MJS being an insane cunt, sat on the red light, it was ‘reet too cold fo’ that.

Go 8mm Go

A video of what was occurin’, in summary…





The Inverkip Experience

HiddenShadow - Inverkip Turbine Hall

The time had drawn. Inverkip had been a lingering annoyance since laying eye’s on the first reports of it, far away in the reaches of south west Scotland.

It was decided that before 2011 drew to a close, we would visit this industrial beast and enjoy it’s behemoth self before it became another ‘Should’ve’ done it sooner site.

Therefore, in truly spectacular SNC (Special Needs Crew) we would convoy to Scotland, one van, one car, 8 idiots and one power station, on the coldest, snowiest night of the arse end of the year, it was fucking brilliant, infact, we even made a video. Sensationalism.



Inverkip Power station has been well known since closure for it’s more than active security presence. Approaching the fence line in the very early hours, cold, dark and wet motivation and energy at this point was relatively low, 6 hours of driving through blizzards was enough. Two hours later, we made it inside, exhausted, we bedded down in the control room for the night.

Flick Switch

Emerging from the control room in a semi-hibernated state, we dragged ourselves into the main turbine hall, a marvellous sight indeed. Sunlight poured in from every angle, from every glass pane, the blue of the sky combined with the relative warmth of the sun tinted the turbine hall, in a haze of golden winrar.

Blue Turbine Is Blue

We’d inadvertently navigated the hall the night before, in our stressed attempt to locate the central control room, to see it like this was a beauty, both in scale and quantity.

Chimney, it's a big'n

Gone and Fishbrain decided it was time to find access into the chimney, out they went, exposed to everything, determined they were, around 2 hours later they returned, successful. Everybody else went for the chimney. Myself and DrHowser were too cool to climb the chimney, so we headed out in search of nutrition, in the form of deep fried everything. Sitting down the road, we stared at the chimney, knowing the spastic crew would be up there looking down.

Walkways, everywhere.

Scottish road trip #1 complete, bring on the next one.