Chalfont Drive, Nottingham

Located in the midst of a 1930s Nottingham housing estate, is this Grade II Listed, early 1950s cold war bunker and war room, extended in 1963 as a Regional Seat of Government in the event of nuclear war or other social collapse. Of a reinforced concrete construction, the smaller War Room with its central map room, control cabins, offices and plant was later absorbed by the later RSG but remains entirely intact, as does the remainder of the structure, both in terms of external envelope and interiors. More recently running to disuse, the now vacant building currently exhibits equipment seemingly abandoned following the last national crisis in which the site was active, this being the 1967 Foot & Mouth outbreak. This important structure exists as the only purpose-built RSG surviving in England, and is one among only three structures designed to operate in an environment arising post-nuclear attack. On behalf of Bellway Homes, Urbanissta sought to secure planning permission entailing the removal of late twentieth century supporting structures within the setting of the RSG, and redevelopment of the site with an additional 345 homes. A decision is still pending on this interesting scheme.

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