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Report - Coventry - No.8 Group ROC Headquarters

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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