The abandoned Bilbao plant
The abandoned Bilbao plant

The abandoned Bilbao plant

The abandoned Bilbao plant

Beyena, the dairy factory

Bilbao (Vizcaya), Spain

In the Basque Country there are several generations who have grown up by drinking milk from the Beyena company, a regional source of pride, well beyond its nutritional values. Every day, hundreds of trucks were leaving the factory located in Bilbao with their precious cargo of a wide variety of dairy products to serve the region.

The company is described as a strong and everlasting business. Yet, the new millennium has shot down Beyena. In May 2000, after a decade of turmoil, the last workers are thanked and the plant is abandoned.

Left to his fate since then, the building will be squatted and prey to looters. Stripped of its metal, tagged and vandalized by kids, the plant is not in very good shape today. It is also said that the looters, sometimes up to 30 at the same time, dismantled facilities at the sight of all. Pipes, son of copper, iron chests, window frames and even tin roofs are stolen and resold by these adverse explorers. Despite police patrols, nothing seems to discourage thieves. Exasperated, the owners decided to build a wall around the building. Alas, it was too late.

Despite all these years, the injuries to the factory and the peeling paint, Beyena logo is still visible on the walls. As if the Bayena plant refuse to die ...

Related content

5 explorers in the former incinerator des Carrières in Montreal
Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

Abandoned since December 1993, the former incinerator des Carrières, known as the incinerator # 3 is now partly used as a warehouse by the City of Montreal. It is also one of the few places where there have power in a portion of the building....

Of a single block
Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

Located in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighborhood, the silo # 3 was built in 1923. The architect was John S. Metcalfe who were responsible for the construction of most silos in the Port of Montreal (1, 2, 3, 5). It is thanks to its innovations...

Façade under a grey sky
Montréal, Quebec (Canada)

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve has been deeply marked by the train, in its development. Even today, it is surrounded by three tracks : the Canadian Pacific to the west, the now abandoned Canadian National to the east and the one of the port of Montreal to...

The Bannerman's Island
Nelsonville, New York (United States)

I was asked to photograph it (legally) by the Trust group thats restoring the island,which was a life long dream of mine.

The history of the island began in 1900 when Francis Bannerman purchased the island. Located in the Hudson River near...