Mathmos Factories 1990s from 1994 to 1999 | An insight by Tim Reynolds.
In 1994 this was the Mathmos factory. They did all the bottling, assembly and packaging out of this one building. The furthest end of Building 3 was empty at this time having been recently vacated by Lush. The metal spinnings were being produced in the nearer end of Building 3 by a subcontractor. Building 2 at this time didn’t exist, instead there were some large metal shipping containers in which Ron Evans prepared the mix. My design ‘office’ was initially a corner of the mezzanine floor at the far end of Building 1, next to David Mulley’s small office. That area later became a long-term test area for quality control.
This is actually the newest building and was purely for storage of parts and finished products.
Building 3 | The original Crestworth building.
This was taken over completely around 1995. The far end was initially Design, but we later moved to the 1st floor section over the nearest end of the building before finally moving to the 2nd floor of building 4, around 1997. The first floor then became a staff canteen.
The rest of the building was largely stripped out and used for assembly (far right corner), packing (near right corner) and metal spinning (left half of the building).
This had been occupied by a security hardware company. However, when they moved to another location Mathmos reclaimed it for Accounts (ground floor) Admin and Purchasing (1st floor) and Design and Development (2nd floor). David’s office was in the far right corner of the 2nd floor. Ron had and area in the near left corner of the 2nd floor where he perfected the mix.
Below: Boxes that are waiting to be shipped out to people.