Explore #55: The Superphosphate Factory, aka Mini Millennium Mills, Suffolk – May 2014

After our night time wanderings in an abandoned mental asylum, Darren of Desolate Nation and I decided to stop off to have a look around this former superphosphate factory on our way home.

History
This warehouse complex was originally built circa 1858-60 as a factory for the manufacture of superphosphate fertilizers for Joseph Fison. The two uppermost of the four storeys were added later in the 19th century. Most of the original windows in the timber-framed upper storeys are unaltered. What remains of the old loading dock can still be seen from the footpath along a picturesque river which used to be used by barges supplying the local industry.

A £20million plan to redevelop the 12 acre site has started, and will provide 176 new homes. The grade 2 listed mill will become a business centre, and will provide 20 offices and workshop spaces. The remaining space will be converted in to 3 shops, a café, and apartments.

Our Explore
As noted above the site is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment, so we were glad to get to see this place sooner rather than later. I really enjoyed the green from the grass and moss growing on the flooring… although this did in turn mean that some of the flooring was very precarious and we had to proceed with great caution in a few places! We also enjoyed shooting (and posing in) the spiral chutes, which led to us dubbing this place “Mini Millennium Mills”. 🙂

On with the photos – as always [click on a photo to view large].

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As always, thanks for looking – if you haven’t already done so then sign up to follow this blog to receive notification as soon as a new report is posted. I’ve got ten sites from an epic roadtrip to France and Belgium coming up next!

Cheers
Adam X

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