The problem with GPS is that you need to put the right data in – I put in the address I found for this place, drove over there, and found lots of new flats. But I’d spotted an empty factory nearby which looked worth a go – it was only once I got inside that I realised that this was the place I was looking for…
The Nestle Purina factory in Barrhead, near Glasgow, made pet food – with a brief break to make baby food. The 200 employees were laid off in 2004, when Nestle decided that the factory was uneconomic.
First into the big storage warehouse:
A rather odd sign:
Impressive colour coding in the compressor house – no red, green or blue here, someone wanted to be an artist:
And some good big compressors (or pumps?):
In a completely darkened room, someone had been relaxing:
The boardroom had a lovely parquet floor:
A bunch of training rooms:
A quite ironic sign in the foyer:
The factory floor:
The fire safe in a burnt-out office:
Up on the roof:
And the factory from the outside:
There are plans to build 160 houses and some shops on the site, but no sign of anything happening yet.