Castle Point Borough Councils Emergency Centre
General / August 18, 2017

  The emergency centre at Castle Point Borough Council was the last to build in Essex along with the emergency centre at Uttlesford District Council and was finished just before the end of the Cold War. The centre is in the basement of the extension to the council offices. The centre along with the other part of the basement which is not protected was built at a cost of £500,000, 75% of which was paid for by the government.     This view shows the entrance to the bunker at the bottom of the stairs which lead down from the main reception. The door is made up of heavy steel and concrete and is 8 inches thick.     Once the main door is closed this give you a good idea of just how thick the doors is, having tried to lock one of these doors myself I can vouch for how heavy they are and how well they seal when the handles are pushed down.     Having gone through the main door you come into the decontamination area, in this room there is a shower, the water tanks for the bunker which would only be filled once the bunker was…

Reading War room on the Main Reading University campus at Whiteknights
General / July 1, 2017

On Wednesday 31st January four members of Subbrit visited the Reading War room on the Main Reading University campus at Whiteknights, those present were Keith Ward, Steve Fox and Duncan Halford (who arrange the trip). The bunker is on the South side of the Campus behind the new Agricultural building. (You can get to the bunker from the Earley Gate entrance), it is a two floored semi sunk oblong bunker on an east/west alignment which was built in 1953 along with 12 other identical ones built around the country.        These are at Newcastle, Leeds, Nottingham, Cambridge, London (5 buildings), Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Tunbridge Wells & Belfast. They were used as RSG until it realised that they would not be big enough for the purpose and so in most cases their government use life was quite short. The main entrance and the emergency exit are on the east corner of the bunker, the main entrance facing north and the emergency exit on the south side. On the main entrance there are three doors, the first is made of metal about two inches thick though not solid it does have a large metal frame. Going trough this door you turn right…