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.