– First up, how did you come across this location in the first place?
“We heard about this place a while back but never really visited it… One day we were heading home from a spot and drove past it on the way back so we thought we’d go check it out…”
– Are the owners cool with you guys riding it?
“The owner is cool with it! He sees us as a kind of security/surveillance as he doesn’t want the place getting even more smashed up and he also doesn’t want any travellers moving in.”
– Where did the wood come from? And did you have much help from other people?
“The wood has come from a mixture of places really. The old caretaker of the site used to live next door (he still visits often) and he had a garage which he’d built a few years ago which he wanted taken down so we ended up doing that for him and gained a lot of wood that way.
“The owner is cool with it! He sees us as a kind of security/surveillance…”
A lot of the rest of the sheets are from my work which I’ll get dropped down once we’ve finished using them from site. Then we’ve also spent a fair few quid at B&Q, haha. There’s a group of about ten people who are like the locals who come down all the time and help build etc. Then there’s quite a few people who help here and there and come down for a session, which is cool as the place isn’t too local for everyone.”
– We won’t disclose any locations, that goes without saying. Spots like this are best kept hush hush, but how easy is it to get to? Is it a dry spot to ride if the weather is shit?
“The place is pretty easy to get to! It’s actually got a train station right next to it. But we all tend to drive there. We’ve got a big gate with a lock at the front of the site that only limited people have keys for. Then we’ve also got a big lock on the door of the actual building.
The spot is in a big building but unfortunately the building has been abandoned for 9/10 years so it’s got a fair few leaks in the roof. We’ve actually been onto the roof and tried fixing it with tarpaulins etc! It’s improved a lot but we still do have a few leaks.”
– Why did you guys name it The Ballroom?
“The meaning behind the name ‘ballroom’ is simple – it’s an old abandoned ballroom! Originally when we first got into the building there was a massive disco ball above our heads but since we’ve had the place we’ve had quite a few break ins where people have just trashed the place and unfortunately ripped it down!”