Birmingham Industry

Austin Rover – Longbridge Demolition

Dismantling the overhead conveyor system

Dismantling the overhead conveyor system 05/08/06

One of the more shocking elements of the demise of Longbridge, social and econimic consequences aside, was the changes it bought about to the landscape of the southern tip of Birmingham.  Views that I had known all my life had suddenly, and drastically, changed.  For visitors to the City approaching from the South along the A38, one of the most striking changes was the removal of the overhead conveyor system that had provided a ‘gateway to Birmingham’ from a southern approach for 30 years.

Whilst it can be argued that industrial landscapes are an eyesore etc . . . they are very much, or at least were, integral to the landscape of Birmingham and its surrounding regions so to lose 400 acres of such industrial heritage in one fell swoop has had a considerable impact on the region.

Below are a series of images covering largely the demolition of the West Works and the removal of the overhead conveyor bridge (which was no mean feat) during the period 04/08/06 – 04/11/06:


One comment for “Austin Rover – Longbridge Demolition”

  1. god andy has it all changed that much i worked for wesleyshire industrial cleaning in that place cleaning the floors ,robots and i have pics somewhere of my grandad who helped desighn the metro there during 80-81 the pics are of bombs during the blitz running along the rail system down below and after school i would go to judo in the canteen just past the convayer but i would have never have belived the demolishment unles id have seen the pics its a shame it all came to an end like you said the schools were breeding kids to work in places like tha to work family members in the longbridge club is that still there ??

    Posted by darren sherwood | September 24, 2010, 7:50 pm

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