Strippers hit historic Marconi HQ
Maybe we can make a radio with this?
The plight of Chelmsford's historic Marconi headquarters, the world's first radio factory, has upset founder Guglielmo Marconi's family. The listed building is in the hands of receivers, having been empty for two years and after plans to redevelop were abandoned.
The BBC found that reporters could wander in through an open door, and found plenty of evidence of vandalism and theft. Receivers Zolfo Cooper say they're increasing security on the premises.
Marconi moved to England in 1896, setting in Chelmsford two years later. The premises now derelict were purpose-built in 1912. The first official live broadcast took place from the building in 1920.
Marconi ceased to be an independent company after WW2, being acquired by English Electric. The Marconi brand name was acquired by Ericsson five years ago.
I don't think
I was the only one who thought about strippers in a different context.
Another Relic of de-skilled Britain
I worked there back in the 1970's when I believe there was in excess of 1000 people employed over the whole site. I was told the site was expanded during WW2 to accomodate numerous MOD contracts that were required in support of the war effort. I have to say, even back in the 70's, the whole place looked like a relic from the great days of the British Empire and if the whole site was demolished and replaced by a brand spanking new Tesco branch, it could only be an improvement.
I wonder where all those hundreds of skilled jobs and lucrative government contracts went to or if the core GEC-Marconi business still exists today. I expect like a lot of our jobs in the high tech industry of the time, they have been dispersed throughout the free world in the ever expanding push for globalisation.
"Receivers Zolfo Cooper say they're increasing security on the premises."
Yes of course. Because if it deteriorated to the extent that became condemned or went on fire they could get it delisted and demolished and the site could be then easily be flogged off for development.
That would be a bad thing from their perspective how exactly?
All down to the old chestnut of there being no VAT on new build but there being so on repair, rebuild, refurbishment, conversion et. al. Thus the tax system ensures that existing buildings are a liability as regards selling the site and listed ones doubly so. These days of course it's even worse.
And that's before you factor in the ecofiddling taxes courtesy of the CO2 nazis which render listed building conversions even more uneconomic / unsaleable.