The chemical plant dates right back to 1917, it has had various names and uses over the years – Aluminium Sulphar Limited, ISC Chemicals Limited, Alumnia Company Limited and in the final few yeas was just part of Franco-Belgian company Rhodia’s anaesthetics business and produced the anaesthetic gases halothane and isoflurane.

In 2004 Rhodia announced their intention to vacate the site in 2 years time. Demolition was already in progress by the time of this visit. The land was completely leveled and a new regional distribution center for ASDA was built on it, replacing the aging facilities over at Royal Portbury Docks.


  • Paul shoemake, December 4, 2020 @ 07:21

    Worked in the labs,then the pilot plant and finally the FA plant,1970s to 90s

  • Steve Bain, September 14, 2016 @ 01:57

    Many happy memories for sure

  • Madeleine P, November 15, 2015 @ 11:07

    Worked their until 1998, loved the job, would go back in a heart beat

  • Jackie V, April 28, 2014 @ 15:06

    Many happy memories of working there – seems like a lifetime ago now

  • avonmouth mechanic, May 30, 2013 @ 10:54

    Great photos, so much history there. It’s a shame to see such an old building go but I guess the old must make way for the new or the area will stagnate. How easy is it to get down there anyway? Despite living very near by I’ve never actually tried any exploring!

  • P.White, November 20, 2012 @ 11:54

    I “worked” there till 2008 . Great job, would go back today, for half the money!

  • velkrosmaak, August 2, 2012 @ 13:30

    Something’s going on with your image viewer script. Photos look good though, but can’t see them full size!

  • E PAGET, July 17, 2012 @ 21:14


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