Chelmsford, Marconi New Street Works Demolition April 2013
A sight which will sadden many Chelmsfordians and Marconi Veterans. The demolition of most of the historic Marconi New Street Work in Chelmsford (UK) from April 2013. The site is to be redeveloped by Bellway Homes.
Some of the site will remain including the powerhouse shown here, the grade II listed frontage shown below and the water tower. The road you can see on the right is Marconi Road which was built at the same time as the factory for houses for some of the company's first employee's to live in.
The Marconi New Street Works was built in 1912 and was the world's first purpose built radio factory. In 1920 the first official UK radio transmission took place here by Dame Nellie Melba. This place has so much history attached to it for so many people.
I started my adult working life at the New Street factory in August 1984 when around 4500 people worked here. I spent the next 15 years in manufactured components here and at the Waterhouse Lane site so what you see here is as familiar and heartbreaking to me as anyone. I'm sure there's lots of former employee's agree with me and say that the very name 'Marconi' really does get under your skin.
The factory's last incarnation occupier Selex vacated here in 2008 and the site was left derelict and vandalised. There is much on the internet about the slow decline of the historic factory that gave so much to the people of Chelmsford but was left abandoned.
So I bid the New Street Works a fond farewell and to rest in peace.
This photograph was taken by my friend and colleague David and posted here with very kind permission.