Intier Automotive Inc., Golden Valley Mill, Bitton

The Golden Valley Mill in Bitton has been a part of the village since the early 18th Century, and started life as a brass works. The area in its most recent form was the site of Canadian company, Intier Automotive Inc. up until 2006, where interior car parts for the likes of Toyota, Saab & Jaguar were produced.

Bitton is a small village, so we were surprised by how big the Golden Valley Mill site is. Approximately ten acres. Parts of the site are Grade II listed and the whole area is deteriorating quickly considering it’s only been abandoned for just short of a decade. There is evidence of continued effort over the years by security services to keep out vandals & metal thieves but eventually succumbed. The newer office section has been stripped of every light fitting, switch, copper and basically anything that wasn’t bolted down. (And some that were!)

The most interesting parts of Golden Valley Mill lay directly in the middle of the site. It’s obvious you’re in the oldest section of the factory as the modern block work turns to aged, raw brick. It’s in this section where (apart from the modern offices at the front of the site) there’s a 1st floor.

Any real evidence of Intier Automotive being here is few and far between, and the site in general isn’t very inspiring apart from the sheer size of it and older middle sections. The parish of Bitton has had consultations with developers to transform the Golden Valley Mill since the site closed and all the while the buildings are falling in to further disrepair. Hopefully this historic site gets the attention it deserves soon.

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31 responses to “Intier Automotive Inc., Golden Valley Mill, Bitton”

  1. Aaron says:

    Does anyone know whether the building has started being demolished as I would like to go there for my photography but don’t want to waste my time travelling there to find out its all gone.
    Thanks, Aaron

  2. Josh says:

    Hi update for Intier, there is no access anymore meaning they have started the demolition. Made the trip today so just saying there is no point making a trip. Nice village and countryside though 😊 date today 11/11/2016

    • The Urban Explorer says:

      Thanks for the update Josh, do you have photos? I can’t find any planning applications or applications for demolishment etc. Parts of the factory are listed and wouldn’t be torn down without consultation and suchlike.

      • Josh says:

        Hi I have one photo which isn’t great as it was taking from my phone by the river but can send you that one if you want just not that good. Just didn’t see the point of taking anymore as there’s not much left. At the front of the building which I believe are the offices which they have started taking down the only building that is standing is right at the back which is just a shell now no walls etc. which is annoying but that’s just the game with exploring I guess. On to the next 😊

        • The Urban Explorer says:

          Absolutely. Always the risk that you’re not going to find what you hoped for! I see you have e-mailed me, I’ll be in contact shortly for that photo.

  3. jay says:

    Does anyone have a Google Maps address for this? Would be really helpful!

    • The Urban Explorer says:

      Jay, the address is the title of the report – it’s that easy!

    • Chris Evans says:

      This brings back memories, I used to work there between 1999 and 2003 as a maintenance engineer, I used to know the place like the back of my hand, would love to go back and visit it.

      • The Urban Explorer says:

        Perhaps you could help lay to rest the rumours about an old entrance to the mine within the site, Chris?

        • Chris Evans says:

          To be honest I never heard of or seen any entrance to a mine whilst working there, but heard plenty of ghost stories concerning the old press shop (the grade II listed part) was always a bit creepy in there at night when I was alone on the night shift!

  4. Amberley says:

    Me and a couple friends are looking to go visit this either this weekend or next in the term time. Is it safe and accessible? Please e-mail me with any information if you have been there before!

  5. Iain says:

    The middle parts of the site are the oldest. There is one very thick stone wall which used to be the dam wall for the 18th century millpond.

    Picture 10 shows what used to be the pulp area, containing big woodpulp mixing tanks.

    11,12,13 used to be the hydraulic press area with hot oil heated press tools. Not nice.

  6. Sara says:

    I want to do a fashion shoot here but I don’t know if it’s safe?! And Is the place accessible? Someone who’s been there before drop me an email please

  7. Dan says:

    I am looking to maybe head there and was wondering if there was anybody who may be interested in going with me. I was looking at filming it and taking some photos whilst I was there so I would like a buddy kinda person who would be interested in that, I wouldn’t show your face or release your name if you didn’t want me to obviously.

    Hope to hear from people soon

    – Dan

    • Oliver says:

      Hey Dan, I’m Oliver. I’ve been to this place multiple times and if you want I could get you in and show you around! If you want drop me an email (

  8. Beth says:

    My photography teachers twin has suggested me going here for my exam! Anyone know if it’s still standing as don’t want a wasted journey if it’s been demolished?

    • The Urban Explorer says:

      Disappointment goes with the territory I’m afraid! However, because parts of the site are listed, I’d be very surprised if any demolition has taken place.

  9. Mitch says:

    Went in here two weeks ago, really easy to get in as long as you can climb. Got up on the roof tops but as you said, not the most inspiring place. I went to school in Bitton and my family lived in the area for nearly a century, so it was cool to have a wander around.

    Good place for anyone new to urbex to explore, no danger of anyone catching you from my observations.

  10. Jay says:

    Went here today and wow. It’s MASSIVE! Spent four hours walking around, really can tell the new parts from the old, I was surprised at some of the lighting still in place even a few PHILIPS floods that are worth a few hundred quid (I’m a lighting engineer) and the security key pads seem rather new the place has been throughly emptied but it’s nice to see a less graffiti than others. Didn’t see or hear another person while there

  11. Tobias says:

    Is this place still active

    • The Urban Explorer says:

      Nope! It’s as derelict as the photos and write-up suggest!?

      • Toby Shaw says:

        Sorry when I say active, I mean is it possible for the public to visit and do some photography. Is it fully accessible?

        • The Urban Explorer says:

          Absolutely. I mean, it’s “accessible” because I accessed it but don’t expect to be able to walk in through the front door I guess!

  12. MG says:

    Great photos, love your reports. Looking to do this soon, When was your visit? Recent? Would want to go but not waste the trip if it has been demo’d.

    I know it’s a long shot, but have done Foster Bros Oil and Cake Mill and the battered Barrow Gurney Asylum but am struggling with other options. Any recommendations for the South West, 25 mile radius of Bristol?. No huge info has to be given as I know a lot of explorers like to keep it to themselves. Anyway..Thanks in advance.

    • Adam says:


      Do you visit old sites like this often? I’d love to get into it, any recommendations for the Bristol area? For a beginner I mean!


    • ben says:

      I live right next to it. I basically live there! It has not been demolished yet but will be late/early 2017 so get down there quick hopefully meet you there!


      • Lucy says:

        Hi, I visited here for the second time today. We saw signs that said dog patrols in operation. I don’t know if you would ever see them but do you know if they are there a lot?

    • trace skelton says:

      Hi do you know if Barrow Gurney is still there?

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