Explore #130: Fisons / Sanofi Aventis adminstration building, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire – March 2015

The next stop on our whistlestop UK exploring weekender was the battered remains of this art-deco former admin building…

History
Originally opened by Bengers Ltd in 1937, the site was purchased by Fisons in the 1960s and used for pharmaceutical research – the drug Intal (an anti-inflammatory, used to treat/prevent asthma attacks) was developed here.

The site closed circa 2004, when Sanofi Aventis bought the site and built a new factory next door. The site was sold for £13m in 2012, and is to be redeveloped with new residential homes and a shopping park.

By the time we visited in March 2015 only the once-grand art deco administrative building remained, and that too has since been demolished.

Our Explore
This was a quick in-and-out visit – we knew that there wasn’t much left of interest except the beautiful central glass domed ceiling. Another piece of Britain’s industrial heritage now gone, but at least we got to document a very small part of it…

As always, click on a photo to VIEW LARGE

Exterior External outside Fisons Sanofi Aventis Admin dome glass Urbex Urban exploration Adam X Urban Exploration Photo photos photographs UK March 2015 report abandoned disused derelict decay decayed

reflections letters Fisons Sanofi Aventis Admin Urbex Urban exploration Adam X Urban Exploration Photo photos photographs UK March 2015 report abandoned disused derelict decay decayed
Some wag had arranged these old letters… I couldn’t resist grabbing a quick shot.

Looking up ceiling Fisons Sanofi Aventis Admin dome glass Urbex Urban exploration Adam X Urban Exploration Photo photos photographs UK March 2015 report abandoned disused derelict decay decayed
The ornate central dome ceiling.

stairs ceiling Fisons Sanofi Aventis Admin dome glass Urbex Urban exploration Adam X Urban Exploration Photo photos photographs UK March 2015 report abandoned disused derelict decay decayed

Looking up ceiling Fisons Sanofi Aventis Admin dome glass Urbex Urban exploration Adam X Urban Exploration Photo photos photographs UK March 2015 report abandoned disused derelict decay decayed

Looking up ceiling Fisons Sanofi Aventis Admin dome glass Urbex Urban exploration Adam X Urban Exploration Photo photos photographs UK March 2015 report abandoned disused derelict decay decayed
Looking straight up from the bottom of the central stairwell.

Looking up ceiling Fisons Sanofi Aventis Admin dome glass Urbex Urban exploration Adam X Urban Exploration Photo photos photographs UK March 2015 report abandoned disused derelict decay decayed

Thanks for popping in.

Adam X

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