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Steer Point Brickworks, Brixton

Steer Point Brickworks, Brixham

A look inside the former Steer Point Brickworks, A casualty of the finacial crisis in 2008.

Visited Apr 2020 Brixton, UK (Abandoned)

 

Sheds that housed the production of bricks have all but been removed
Sheds that housed the production of bricks have all but been removed

No longer viable the Steer Point Factory, located near the Yealm estuary in Steer Point Road, Brixton, was once part of ‘the brickbusiness’ group.

The original brickworks dates back to the 1890s but the present factory was built after the Second World War in the quarry of the original works. The factory was mechanised in 1966 to manufacture extruded wirecut facing bricks. Highly automated it was considered to be one of the most modern of its kind, featuring automatic setting of the bricks onto the kiln cars.

Old work lockers still insitu
Old work lockers still insitu

The plant was originally designed to produce 14 million bricks annually. Modifications to the plant through the 1970s steadily increased output to around 26 million bricks per annum. The factory went through another major change in the mid-1980s with an extended dryer and the construction of a specials plant. These improvements helped to increase the output to its present day capacity of 40 million bricks per annum.

One of the former offices where the roof has caved in and nature has taken over
One of the former offices where the roof has caved in and nature has taken over

Former award 2 years before the plant closed it doors

Former award 2 years before the plant closed it doors

Early in 2003 the factory at Steer Point employed 70 people, largely drawn from the Brixton, Yealmpton and Eastern Plymouth (Plymstock and Plympton) area. Production at this time was running at 30 million bricks per year, less than full capacity. Its closure, along with so many in the financial crisis, came in 2008.

Wash Station at the plant
Wash Station at the plant
Old first aid poster still hanging on the wall
Old first aid poster still hanging on the wall
Former Reception area filled with junk
Former Reception area filled with junk
Former office with parial ceiling collapse
Former office with parial ceiling collapse

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