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Location DB > England > Berkshire > Reading > Cox & Wyman Printworks
Cox & Wyman Printworks
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created by mookster on 3/26/2020 11:32 AM
last modified by mookster on 3/26/2020 11:38 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Former printworks belonging to the oldest company of it's type in the UK, latterly used by a scenery dismantling and recycling company. Now demolished.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
Cardiff Road
Reading, Berkshire
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • unsafe flooring
  • water
  •  Interesting Features
    The main factory floor was totally stripped of all the printwork equipment however it did still have numerous interesting props left over from it's later use.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 2015
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    Cox & Wyman had operated a printworks in Reading since 1777, and although this factory is nowhere near that old, parts of it still date from the early 1900s. Cox & Wyman are the oldest printworks company in the country and exclusively prints paperbacks - around a million a week - across their sites which are now owned by CPI Books. In February 2010 an expansion and modernisation programme was initiated which resulted in brand new equipment being brought into the factories however the firm lost out on a multi-million pound, multi-year contract with their main client, Penguin Random House which was won by biggest rival St. Ives Clays. In early 2015 there was a 30-day consultation period put to the workers and the sad result was the works closed in February 2015 with the loss of 40 jobs, many of whom had been there for decades.

    After closure the factory and it's grounds were used by recycling company Scenery Salvage who specialise in dismantling and recycling film, TV and theatre sets, and they moved out in mid-2019. Demolition began in January 2020.
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     Future Plans
    Housing will be built on site once demolition is completed in the near future.

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    December 2019
    Thu, Mar 26th, 2020
    posted by mookster
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  • on Mar 27 20 at 14:03, Steed validated this location
  • on Mar 26 20 at 11:44, mookster made this location available
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  • on Mar 26 20 at 11:40, mookster created a new gallery
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