In 2008, the this large pharmaceutical plant at Seal Sands, in the North East of England was declared for sale. As part of the sales process, we were commissioned by the owners to create a series of aerial images to complement ground based photography. The advertising brochure design called for a combination of oblique images, that is images shot from the side and above, plus vertical images, looking directly down from overhead. The images were to be used across a centre spread of the brochure, in all probability cropped in for more detail, so we knew in advance that high resolution digital images were a prerequisite. The designers also needed some views showing the location in context of the surrounding infrastructure, in particular the site’s proximity to the large port infrastructure.
The entire project was shot in a single flight, co-operating with air traffic control, as the location is directly beneath the instrument approach to the local airport. Additionally, Hartlepool nuclear power station, with it’s mandatory air exclusion zone, was very close by. Our presence therefore constantly monitored by air traffic control, the slightest infringement of a nuclear power station exclusion zone would not be viewed favourably. With the images reviewed by the client and delivered, we were pleased to see the final brochure and happy that a short while later, the plant’s sale was announced.