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Report - Coventry - No.8 Group ROC Headquarters

Discussion in 'ROC Posts' started by bobblehead, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. bobblehead

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    As Mark's sharing I thought I would too...

    Coventry Group HQ consisted of the original '60's sub surface bunker and a large office block that was built at some point in the '80's.

    A former No.8 group Observer told me that the only reason that the office block got funded was that it was built with a large canteen which would have been used as an emergency feeding centre, capable of feeding 1000 people a day in time of war.

    Following the ROC standown the site was briefly allocated as a Regional Government HQ but this was soon abandoned.

    There were then plans to turn the office block into a Laser Eye Surgery before it was bought and converted into a satellite uplink station.

    The office block was modified in the late '90s and the bunker itself was modified in 2000.

    Thanks to SMS for access and historic photos.

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    The site today. Extensive landscaping has been undertaken since the ROC days.
    The UKWMO / ROC office block is to the right and linked via a glass covered walkway to the bunker.
    The fenced compound in the top righthand corner is a Home Office Meterological station.

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    Then...the bunker in the late '90's prior to conversion.

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    Now...same angle a bit further away. The earth mound has been removed;
    a conservatory added on the roof and a new entrance has been cut into
    the mid level so that you can enter directly into the spine corridor.

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    Then...main entrance prior to renovation

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    Now....

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    The new entrance into the mid level spine corridor. Note patio area !


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    Then...the office block prior to renovation in the late '90's.
    The main entrance would have been the double doors to the right.

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    Now... note the addition of a reception area and the clock tower.
    Main entrance is now to the left at the main reception.

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    Covered walkway to the bunker. This enters the bunker through another new entrance cut through the wall near the plant room.

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    Control room

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    Info board in the control showing how the bunker was.

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    Re-modelled spine corridor. This exits onto the new patio !

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    Home Office Met station

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    Then....Hunter Gate Guardian

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    Now.... The same aircraft now at the Newark Aviation Museum

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