Unidentified Abandoned Structure

Intersection. The no man’s land beneath the M49 and M5.

A trip out to the tip (or Household Waste Recycling Centre, to give it its proper title) at Avonmouth was enough to arouse my interest at the surreal no man’s land that surrounds the Kings Weston Lane site.

This is where the M49 and M5 motorways intersect, it is also home to the Lawrence Weston Solar Farm, numerous wind turbines, the St Anthony’s Park traveller site and a very remote, derelict industrial building which despite being boarded-up and overgrown still emits humming sounds from the basement ventilation shafts. All in all it is a strange non-place and one that I wanted to explore further. So a couple of days later I jumped on my bike and headed over there, this is what I found…

Rear of Unidentified Abandoned Structure
Rear of Unidentified Abandoned Structure
Rear of Unidentified Abandoned Structure
Rear of Unidentified Abandoned Structure
Scrubland adjacent to the motorway
Scrubland adjacent to the motorway
What's going on here?
What’s going on here?
Beneath the motorway
Beneath the motorway
Subway with cable drum
Inviting
M5 / M49 Intersection
M5 / M49 Intersection
Lawrence Weston Solar Farm
Lawrence Weston Solar Farm
Nothing to see here
Nothing to see here
Pathway to nowhere
Pathway to nowhere
Industrial Installation
Industrial Installation
Pylon and spring blossom
Pylon and spring blossom
M49 Flyover
M49 Flyover
Unidentified Abandoned Structure
Unidentified Abandoned Structure
Cycleway Entrance
Cycleway Entrance
Small Red Car
Small Red Car
Wind Turbines and Hill
Wind Turbines and Hill
Intersection
Intersection with traffic lights
Submerged Postbox, Avonmouth
Submerged Postbox
Shaddick Tyres, Avonmouth
Shaddick Tyres

 

 

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Sam Creply
16th May 2018 at 07:23

Did you ever find out what this building was?

Chris Guyreply
8th June 2018 at 19:40
– In reply to: Sam C

Hi Sam.

Yes I did – apparently it’s a sewage pumping station. Thanks to HoosierSands on Flickr for the info 😉

Charles Flookreply
30th March 2020 at 21:26

Yes, it’s a wessex water owned sewerage pumping station, as are the two industrial installations (one pictured), all of the land belongs to wessex water and is accessible by them from a gate at the back of avonmouth sewerage treatment works,

Chris Guyreply
31st March 2020 at 12:24
– In reply to: Charles Flook

Hi Charles, that’s great thanks for the info. I didn’t know that all the land here is owned by Wessex Water.

johnreply
11th April 2020 at 20:44

We use to ride our motorbikes there when we were teenagers, a local lad unfortunately died falling off, the honourary graffiti may still be there?. It was also easy to access then. A little gross fact, there were skips full of used sanitary towels left next to the pump house and we never understood why.

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