‘The park was opened in 1995 by a company based in London and has since been through the hands of travelling showman Raymond Codona to its current owner, Henk Bembom’s Parkware Ltd. Bembom took over the park in 2002 and invested £5m during his first year there, followed by an additional £2m in the second. Bembom continued to bring new rides and attractions to the park each year, including another £2m worth of investment in 2007. In winter 2006, Parkware moved all their operations and ride stock to Loudoun from their previous storage buildings in Margate. On 15 July 2007, 18-year-old ride operator Mark Blackwood died after falling 80 feet (24 m) from a roller coaster he was pushing, which had gotten stuck. He was taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock for treatment but died there on Monday 16 July 2007. After a two-week trial, the jury found the park owners not guilty of failing to provide proper training and supervision at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Saturday 10 October 2009. In September 2010 it was announced that the park had closed’
My first stop on my Scotland road trip with Bubblehead, we stopped at this place. Barony Power Station, this plant served the local Barony Colliery. A nice relaxed explore to get us into the swing of things after the 4 hour drive.
St. Peter’s Seminary is a disused Roman Catholic seminary near Cardross, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Designed by the firm of Gillespie, Kidd and Coia, it has been described by the international architecture conservation organisation DOCOMOMO as a modern “building of world significance”. It is one of only 42 post-war buildings in Scotland to be listed at Category A, the highest level of protection for a building of “special architectural or historic interest”. It has been abandoned since the end of the 1980s, and is currently in a ruinous state. Despite a number of proposals for reuse or renovation of the building, its future remains insecure.
“EDS was contracted to print government giro cheques. Built in 1975 as a government printing facility, the residents of Ladywell would complain about the constant thump of machinery into the night. The building closed in 2005 only 30 years after it opened. There were “near riots” by the staff when the facility closed, more on that here. The building has been hit badly by metal theft and vandalism, though it is fairly safe inside.”
“The Ardeer peninsula in Ayrshire is basically a gigantic sand dune – it was chosen by Alfred Nobel in 1871 as the site for his British Dynamite Factory because of it’s remote location and lots of sand to make protective berms and blast walls. It soon grew into the world’s largest explosives factory, making explosives for mining and quarrying, and expanding into other explosives and propellants for both civilian and military uses.Nobel Explosives became part of ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) in 1926, but production shifted away and the Ardeer plant diversified into other non-explosive products, and unfortunately these didn’t do very well – much of the site is now derelict. ”