View Full Version : Tellytubby place A61 Tankersley. What is it?


fuzzy
24-04-2005, 21:06
Went past this place again today and i cant help but wonder what it is?

There is a weighbridge outside and those big green tubes coming up from the ground with a big white building in the middle. I guess it must be venting for something, but it just looks like the tellytubby land.

Does anyone know??

SHarper
24-04-2005, 21:21
The weigh bridge isn't part of the complex, its for the vehicle inspectorate to catch naughty lorry drivers.
The complex behind is something to do with HSBC bank I think, and there is a thread on this place somewhere.........

Tradescanthia
24-04-2005, 21:22
Its a secure computer records place, I think its HSBC. Very secret,very secure. The weighbridge has nothing to do with that place, its what the police and the ministry use for spot checks on lorries. Stray onto the HSBC site and security guards appear out of nowhere.

fuzzy
24-04-2005, 21:30
I did do a search and it was mentioned in the tunnels under Sheffield thread but still noone seemed to know for sure what it was.

npatchett
24-04-2005, 21:38
Yep its definately a HSBC computer facility. A mate of mine did work experience for HSBC and found out all about it.

H.P
25-04-2005, 05:11
Its also where they burn money for the royal mint...hence the tight security.. another one of my dads tales..apparently during his service with the fire brigade he went in a few times. all that lovley cash up in smoke.. giz a job :heyhey:

coopster1974
25-04-2005, 09:08
They are to suck air down to keep all the computer rooms cool.

Tellytubby place.............geez, I must be Lala then!!!

joanne76
25-04-2005, 11:26
it is hsbc compute place where all the computer are from where all the details are from the cash machines
my hubby works for them
joanne

Eclaire
25-04-2005, 17:40
It is HSBC. I work there. No money is taken there to burn!!

redrobbo
26-04-2005, 01:14
Originally posted by Eclaire
It is HSBC. I work there. No money is taken there to burn!!

So what happens to the money that is taken there? Do you get to keep it? How does anyone else get a job there Eclaire?

coopster1974
26-04-2005, 04:33
There is no money there. It is all computers. The only money is in the on-site cash machine and the canteen tills.

H.P
26-04-2005, 06:06
My childhood dreams are shatterd. :) maybee it was a tale to delight a young child on a boring car journey ...I will ask him tomorrow.. mind you it will allways be the money burning factory to me !

Eclaire
26-04-2005, 14:30
Originally posted by redrobbo
How does anyone else get a job there Eclaire?

Sometimes there is a graduate intake.
Recently there has been recruitment from IT agencies for both permanent and contract positions.

foxy027
26-04-2005, 20:33
I had to deliver to it the other week I think the security are part of the FBI!! They made me pull into a secure area, used mirrors to look under my truck, asked me all kinds of questions all while being filmed by god knows how many cctv camera's.
All this for 1 parcel ,which strangley was the only thing they did'nt search!

naps
25-01-2006, 07:58
Is there a picture of this place anywhere?

RazorSHarp
25-01-2006, 08:04
It's a secure of site storage unit where all data is stored in case or computer failure at a branch/head office. I doubt therefore that they burn cash there as that would make the facility prone to data loss itself in the event of a fire.

The vents are to control humidity and climate so the data tapes, disks, etc can be stored without moisture, heat etc causing problems.

I thought all notes were burned at the BoE as they could control the amount of currecny in circulation.

borninsheffield
25-01-2006, 08:18
READ

I think you will find it is a nuclear bunker that goes down hundreds of ft. This is where all the important people will go if there is ever a nuclear disaster or attack.

owdlad
25-01-2006, 08:30
Have a look in this thread.

http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=12091&page=3

Lindseyw
25-01-2006, 09:00
Went past this place again today and i cant help but wonder what it is?

There is a weighbridge outside and those big green tubes coming up from the ground with a big white building in the middle. I guess it must be venting for something, but it just looks like the tellytubby land.

Does anyone know??

It's HSBC - South Yorkshire is the actual name. All the IT people are there and their main servers and stuff.

Lindseyw
25-01-2006, 09:06
Its also where they burn money for the royal mint...hence the tight security.. another one of my dads tales..apparently during his service with the fire brigade he went in a few times. all that lovley cash up in smoke.. giz a job :heyhey:

They dont have any money there :)

Alex C.
25-01-2006, 09:24
Some background information, copy and pasted from here (http://www.makeitinsheffield.com/siteadmin/uploads/resources/Shared%20services.pdf)

In the mid-1970s, Midland Bank Ltd took the decision to relocate many of its head office support functions from London to Sheffield. At the same time it commissioned the building of a data centre just north of the city. Midland’s commitment to South Yorkshire was significant – a commitment that continues today.

In 1992 Midland Bank became a principal member of the HSBC Group, which even then, was one of the largest international banking and financial services organisations in the world. HSBC, which now has over 9,000 offices in 79 countries and territories and assets of almost US$1 trillion at 30 June 2003, operates in all the world's major trading centres.

The new data centre was completed in 1981 at a cost of £40 million. It was designed in two halves each mirroring the other to provide complete 24 hour a day by 365 day a year operation with full contingency against system problems. As the world has become more reliant on computers, so has the bank, to the extent that this mirroring is now carried out between two computer centres in the UK. The South Yorkshire site has taken on the role of a global data centre supporting the group’s computer operations from many areas of the world.

Of course, this investment in property and technology would be meaningless without a complementary investment in people to maintain them. Over the last fifteen years or so there has been a huge increase in the number of people required to write, deliver and look after HSBC’s computer systems. HSBC IT in Europe currently employs over 3,500 systems development and operations staff – the majority living in Sheffield and working in the bank’s principal European IT development centre, Griffin House, in the heart of the city.

The bank’s image is promoted as being ‘The world’s local bank’. Nowhere is this message more meaningful than in Sheffield.

pc-med
25-01-2006, 09:43
Is there a picture of this place anywhere?

Cameras not allowed on the premises or so I believe ... though as most mobiles now have a camera as standard I wouldn't think it would be too hard for someone to get pics.

Even so, I would think it would just reveal a standard corporate image inside and nothing as juicy as top secret material!

Terrorist
25-01-2006, 10:40
I once worked there.

Facts:

The building is/was known as SYNDC (South Yorkshire National Data Centre).

Most of the structure is underground.

There are 2 computer rooms storing mainframe computers,

A white office building is situated in the middle of the two computer rooms, this is known as the bridge, as in the bridge of a ship (The place of operation control). It is also known as the bridge as the building looks like the bridge of a supertanker.

The building is surrounded with 4 groups of 3 funnels completing the supertanker look.

The 2 main computer rooms are identical rooms both about the size of half a football pitch.

Another Building in Bootle Liverpool (NWNDC North West National Data Centre) mirrors this building with 2 identical rooms (Just in case a nuclear bomb takes one of these buildings out).

I think a third exists down south LNDC (London), but cant be sure.

The roof of the computer rooms have been designed to withstand the impact of a jumbo jet falling from 30000 feet.

If Midland Bank or HSBC as its known now was to lose its computer records for three days the business would go under, therefor these computer rooms are more valuable than any money or gold you might have imagined being stored there.

The building is totally fireproof therefor if there is a fire you dont have to evacuate the building, you just move to a different part of it.

When I worked there it had a gym, showers, pool tables, video & TV room, 1st class restraunt and coffee lounge, Glass backed squash court & putting greens.

Inside the building it is a bit star treky, all the corriders look identical, with identical doors. This has been designed this way to confuse any intruder that may in the unlikly event break into the building.

The building is surrounded by 2 fences they are electrified complete with movement sensors.

The building has CCTV all over it and Infra red cameras at night (Ive seen a few dogging videos from that place as I was friends with one of the securuty guards at the time). It used to be a very quite trading estate 15 years ago so many couples parked up near the building at night).

In case of disaster the building has a generator capability which can take over from the national grid in case this fails.

It also has numerous beds in storage incase staff have to sleep over in emergencies.

Also when I worked there you needed to take a 2 hour lunch when we went to the pub because the nearest pub was miles away. These ocasionally turned into 3 hour lunches, lol those were the days. Now there is a pub close at hand so the building is a bit easier to escape from.

It was because of its location and security that you didn't have time to leave the building and have a lunch outside of this place, so you felt a bit imprisoned when working there.

RazorSHarp
25-01-2006, 12:12
Thanks Terroist, great insight into the facility. I would have thought of a better second site than in Liverpool though :0)

fierysatsuma
25-01-2006, 15:26
Thanks Terroist, great insight into the facility. I would have thought of a better second site than in Liverpool though :0)

Liverpool's an ideal place for the second site - who the hell would want to attack liverpool - already looks like a bomb's hit it!

and by the way, I agree with everything said by Terrorist - I too worked for HSBC (griffin house in Sheff) and went on a visit - my wife works for First Direct (HSBC) and tankersley is known internally (at First Direct) as HSBC Securities

Lee
27-01-2006, 13:26
I'm not sure its a great idea letting people know the 'in's and 'outs' of what goes on in these buildings. There's a reason why they're so secret. I'm sure theres little to no chance of terrorists appearing on this board, but you never know.

valentine
27-01-2006, 13:31
So do other Banks have secret building like this

Tony
27-01-2006, 13:45
Is there a picture of this place anywhere?

Multimap is your friend :) (http://www.multimap.com/map/photo.cgi?client=public&X=434000&Y=399500&width=700&height=400&gride=434209.451814063&gridn=400087.507316105&srec=0&coordsys=gb&db=freegaz&pc=&zm=0&scale=10000&multimap.x=323&multimap.y=255)

misterm
27-01-2006, 19:42
Try this postcode ( DE74 2GF )in multimap or google earth for the Natwest one in kegworth, incidentally almost hit by a plane some years back - the plane missed and ended up banking just before east mids airport on the M1 North.

HSBC postcode is S75 3DJ , try google earth - shows the funnels etc.

Halifax have one in Pudsey next to Green Flag place and main one in Copley.

All info gathered by simple searches in google.

Have to say, HSBC looks most impressive !

dan_999uk
09-02-2006, 23:01
I've been in there, to the squash courts, for a chap with a dislocated knee.

Bit of an eye-opener...

Terrorist
10-02-2006, 01:28
The funny thing is, if i remember right, that the glass backed squash court is not in some offshot gymasium type affair but directly on one of the corriders.

So every time a certain girl was playing I'd make an excuse to leave the office and walk down the corrider to have a butchers :love:

Also the big pond that you can see on GoggleEarth is overlooked by the restraunt, where the side facing the pond is a continuous glass wall, making lunch a very chilled out experience.

Originally the pond was stocked with many different varieties of fish carp etc. and a stork (Bird not margarine) decided to make the pond its home and ate all the fish.

The stork finally flew to pastures new and then someone purchased a plastic one to take its place. :D ITS TRUE

I'm not sure if they replaced the fish after though. :D

At Christmas we had an annual office party where everyone who's connected to the place, security guards included, showed up with parters invited. Carpenters were brought in and a proper bar was built in the restraunt area, a dancefloor was built, lighting the works no expense spared. As it's so remote quite a few stayed the night on the emergency beds.

Oh and in reply to an earlier post, It's not that secret these days, it had some mystique about it 15 years ago but not now, I havn't given any secrets away and like I said if something was to happen to one computer room then the other kicks in. If something were to happen to the whole building then NWNDC(Bootle) kicks in. This by the way is a legal requirement by all banks to have this level of distaster recovery.

Anyroad, if you want to bring a bank to its knees just hire Nick Leeson because your not getting past the security and the 10 foot thick walls. :cool:

omnicans
10-02-2006, 08:52
I went and took some photos of this place a few years ago, after hearing all the rumours about it being a nuclear bunker etc. The amount of security guards who appeared, followed by cops was quite scary!

I reckon theres a lot more to this place than people let on!

Terrorist
10-02-2006, 18:27
:suspect: Looks like the place hasn't lost its mystique after all. :suspect:

misterm
11-02-2006, 18:59
I went and took some photos of this place a few years ago, after hearing all the rumours about it being a nuclear bunker etc. The amount of security guards who appeared, followed by cops was quite scary!
I reckon theres a lot more to this place than people let on!

It's a banks datacentre - what do you expect ?

Why would anyone want to take pictures of it - you can only see the front of it from the road and that's not a pretty sight, to get to take pictures from any other side of the building means acting suspiciously and climbing walls fences - any company's security would be out in force if they saw this type of activity.

Having been inside the building myself , there is nothing mysterious about it, very much still as described in earlier posts but with no burning of money

Ark-Seven
11-02-2006, 19:21
Ive often wondered what it is, for those of you who havent seen it...

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y88/yunophax/installment.jpg

can get more detailed ones if you want of the pipes and stuff.

GeekC
10-05-2008, 15:19
You can find it on Google Maps and there's even a logo planted on the grass (which suggests it can't be very top secret)!

spooferman
10-05-2008, 15:28
is it really a good idea to have an Public thread on where as secure data centre is!!!

jgcomp
10-05-2008, 15:46
Im currently sitting inside the building on a sunny afternoon working.

I can confirm no cash is burnt here, only computers, and no electrified fence...

But going back to the original post, to confirm it's telly tubbyness, we do have fish in the pond, bunnie rabbits hopping around the grass, and ducks with cute ducklings in the pond :)

surfinjim
10-05-2008, 16:15
Im currently sitting inside the building on a sunny afternoon working.

I can confirm no cash is burnt here, only computers, and no electrified fence...

But going back to the original post, to confirm it's telly tubbyness, we do have fish in the pond, bunnie rabbits hopping around the grass, and ducks with cute ducklings in the pond :)


You forgot to mention the "killer carp" which eats the ducklings:gag:

Jim

AJ sheffield
10-05-2008, 16:20
is it really a good idea to have an Public thread on where as secure data centre is!!!

Yes (space filler)

Grissom
10-05-2008, 16:25
I think a third exists down south LNDC (London), but cant be sure.

Is that the one they are building at the moment ?

http://www.itpro.co.uk/news/162483/hsbc-invests-in-new-london-data-centre.html

"HSBC is building a new, custom data centre to support its entire European IT infrastructure, with the aim of completing construction by the end of this year."

There are also some data centres in Birmingham and Leeds from what I have read :)

Grissom
10-05-2008, 16:27
Someone was asking earlier if bank notes are burn in the building - unfortunately the Bank of England no longer burns whole notes :( - see this extract from BoE site :

Banknote destruction
Until 1990, unfit banknotes were incinerated at Debden and the heat generated was used to supplement the heating at the site. However, it was decided that it would be more cost effective and environmentally friendly if notes were shredded on site rather than burnt. The resultant material is then used as landfill or taken to an industrial incinerator for burning. Nevertheless, investigations continue for alternative uses of this waste material.

http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/about/distribution_circulation.htm

satman2222
10-05-2008, 19:42
I loved the groovy "turnstiles" that opened to let you in then were power assisted to take you through to the other side. The entrances to the comms/computer halls was via star trek type lift doors too. All the vending machines were on free vend and the orange juice in the restaurant was the best I have ever tasted!

johntaboo
09-02-2011, 03:12
Very interesting post,,

Not been active for a while though. Just wondered if there are any updates on this on any other building mentioned in this thread?

AYBABTU
09-02-2011, 07:16
Looks like a top secret crazy golf course to me

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=tankersley&aq=&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=21.27781,39.506836&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Tankersley,+Barnsley,+United+Kingdom&ll=53.488646,-1.49218&spn=0.000651,0.001206&t=h&z=20