This site used to be a military base. In the 1950s a huge underground control block was built.
These photos were taken in early 2008. The underground bits have since been sealed and now has active security.
The guardhouse is situated at the gate of the site. It contained the armoury and fire control panel. It is also the entrance to the underground area – but as you can see, it’s bricked up.
Fortunately there were other ways in (please note: a re-visit in April 2009 revealed that all entrances have properly been welded up now, preventing further access). Once in, the first thing you see is a long tunnel leading to the bunker, at the end of which are some huge blast doors.
Most of the bunker has been stripped out, but there are some interesting features left.
Quite a lot of the plant equipment remains here – probably too bulky to realistically remove on closure.
There are two rooms full of telecommunications equipment. The switchboard is on the upper floor and all of the apparatus is in a room underneath.
I don’t fancy running up all these steps in an emergency!
As you can see some of the above photos, I had a lot of fun playing around with lights and colours. The bunker was full of glow-in-the-dark strips and signs, which added to the lighting fun. Here are some more photos.