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Former Colliery engine shed repurposed as distribution centre - from pit to petals
Stage 4

Colliery Engine Shed

Burma Road provides access to the light industry and distribution centres that have repurposed some of the original buildings of Blidworth Colliery following its closure in 1989.

The most striking surviving structure being the enormous engine shed that came to dominate the site once the colliery chimney and headstocks were demolished. This red brick building with its cathedral-sized windows, housed the railway engines and rolling stock that once transported coal from the mine after it had been cleaned and sorted on the pit-top.

The engine shed lay vacant for some years until finding a tenant who could fully utilise and even expand upon the space available. FlowerLine is a major player in the floristry supply chain – their distribution centre operates from the former engine shed, providing local employment and representing a business transformation that can best be described as ‘moving from pit to petals’ – a perfect example of the greening of a former industrial site.


Blidworth Colliery 1980

Blidworth Colliery headstocks and industrial railway engine shed, viewed from the Miner’s Welfare cricket pitch in 1980.

Progressing a little further along Burmah Road, you will come to the next stage in the trail – a short-cut on the right, which runs between the industrial units and the mining village itself.

Select the button below to see what the Colliery Yard short-cut looks like.