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I approached with fellow explorer Laura in the pouring rain. “Sure you know where your going?” i anxiously queried. This huge industrial site is amazingly hidden in the woods, much like alot of mental hospitals were. This always adds a great excitement to any explore, seeing the giant blue pipes appear, twisting and winding above your head like flumes. NGTE Pyestock is a dissused turbine testing facility located in Fleet, Hampshire. After 5 visits, in which i have covered just about the whole site, i have to rate it as one of the best indutrial locations i have visited. I fortunately never had to deal with the security apart from being seen at the end of one visit where the gaurd asked us if our pictures were good and let us out the gate! They have gone through a whole range of comical transport methods to try and cover the acres of ground. Ex-Ghurkas on bicycles, pairs on foot, and driving round the site in a 4×4 so fast that you had at least 20 seconds to find a hiding place! On my most recent visit, myself, Daz and Rich heard the screeching of tyres on tarmac and hit the deck. We lay comically in the short grass right next to the path about to be driven on. The 4×4 bombed past completely unaware that Rich had to lie literally atop of me to hide successfully. Limp wrist. Lets take a look at the real meat of the site. The “test cells” where various jets/turbines/engines were played about with by the big kid scientists…

“Cell 4” is the monster… the massive cell where Concord’s engines were once fired up…

“Cell 3” was a smaller more confined test cell. This was also used as the set for scenes in the crap action film “Sahara”…

“Cell 3 West”…

The “Airhouse” is perhaps one of the most atmospheric rooms. This was literally devoted to housing generators for powering the test cells themselves. The first area i visited of the site with Laura when it was raining, very creepy!

“Cells 1 & 2” are more long pipes you can stand in that anything else, but amazing all the same. Ticked these off when visiting in the baking heat with Daz and Rich…

The “Planthouse” is one of my favorites. The main generator station for power to the site…

The power station, with a cool phone, and nature’s new office cubicle…

Finally, the external pictures of the site. I always grabbed these on the way out as hanging about taking pics of the buildings makes you a sitting duck for the security to spot. The pipes curl and twist throughout the whole place. Mini ladders/stairs take you over each one which makes the journey a great big industrial assault course…

A truly mind blowing site in terms of scale, content and fun to explore. I will have fond memories from here… 10/10.

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