Web
Analytics
Report - - Drakelow tunnels, Kinver. Staffs Nov 2010 | Underground Sites | 28DaysLater.co.uk
  • Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections, plus Private & Local Groups and a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. However, creating an account allows you to search, post replies, start new threads, use bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems. Also, it removes some ads.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - Drakelow tunnels, Kinver. Staffs Nov 2010



vwdirtboy

Keeuunnntt!
28DL Full Member
#1
Thanks to Chris and Dave for the invite, Splendid walkabout even tho I could here the whip cracking behind me!


History

World War II

Designed by Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners, the Drakelow Tunnel Complex (originally called "Drakelow Underground Dispersal Factory") was excavated during World War II in sandstone hills near the village of Kinver and the town of Kidderminster, Worcestershire. It was originally constructed as a shadow factory for the Rover car company who were at the time manufacturing engines for the Bristol Aeroplane Company. It was also intended to supply components to Rover's main shadow factories at Acocks Green and Solihull, to supply spare parts, and to act as a backup facility if either of the main shadow factories was damaged by enemy action.
The cost of the facility was originally estimated at £285,000, and construction, which began in June 1941, was expected to take just one year. In the event, the underground factory achieved full production in May 1943 and the final cost exceeded £1,000,000.
The site consists of numerous tunnels that stretch for around 3.5 mi (5.6 km), although public access on tours is limited to less than a quarter of the site.
The tunnels contained dormitories, storage areas, workshops, electrical equipment, toilets, offices, a BBC studio, a GPO Telephones communications facility and other facilities.

Cold War

During the 1950s and the growing Cold War, the site was initially used by the Ministry of Supply for storage.
Then around 1958 part of the site was developed by the Home Office as a Regional Seat of Government (RSG9). It was publicly exposed in a demonstration held there by the West Midlands Committee of 100 in the summer of 1963. Under later Home Defence schemes the bunker was designated a Sub-Regional Control (SRC), Sub-Regional Headquarters (SRHQ) and finally Regional Government Headquarters (RGHQ).
The site was greatly modernised in the early 1980s, only a small portion of the site was designated for use. New blast doors were fitted in place of the previous wooden factory doors and the interior of the site was refurbished in the areas forward of tunnel 4.

Post Cold War

In about 1990 there was a plan to move the RGHQ to a much smaller bunker, formerly used by UKWMO, at Lawford Heath near Rugby. In the end this never happened, and the Drakelow site was decommissioned and sold in around 1993.

Drakelow Preservation Trust

Following the complex's move into private hands there were plans to redevelop the Drakelow site into a residential and commercial park. This would have involved demolishing the complex completely, leaving a site of historical importance lost forever. The plans met with local opposition and a Preservation Trust was quickly established by residents and other interested parties to fight the planned redevelopment. It was successful; however, it is feared that further plans for redevelopment will be submitted in the near future.

The tunnels no longer offer tours as before because an airsofting group has taken over it where they hold events every two weeks.. and if I almost slipped on them fecking things once I did it a hundred times!!



Enjoy!




The Kitchens
DSC00236bcs.jpg




DSC00238bcs.jpg




DSC00239bcs.jpg




DSC00240bcs.jpg




DSC00242bcs.jpg




DSC00245bcs.jpg




DSC00248bcs.jpg




DSC00251bcs.jpg




DSC00253bcs.jpg




DSC00258bcs.jpg




DSC00271bcs.jpg




DSC00273bcs.jpg




DSC_0131bcs.jpg




DSC_0130bcs.jpg




DSC_0128bcs.jpg




DSC_0127bcs.jpg




DSC_0126bcs.jpg




DSC00377bcs.jpg




DSC00277bcs.jpg




DSC_0135bcs.jpg




DSC00357bcs.jpg




DSC00376bcs.jpg




DSC00375bcs.jpg




DSC00373bcs.jpg




DSC00372bcs.jpg




DSC00371bcs.jpg




DSC00370bcs.jpg




DSC00369bcs.jpg




DSC00368bcs.jpg




DSC00367bcs.jpg




 
Last edited:

vwdirtboy

Keeuunnntt!
28DL Full Member
#3

Air Filtration Plant
DSC00303bcs.jpg




DSC00301bcs.jpg




DSC00299bcs.jpg



Lamson Station
DSC00298bcs.jpg




DSC00296bcs.jpg




BBC Studios
DSC00294bcs.jpg




DSC00292bcs.jpg




DSC00291bcs.jpg




DSC00289bcs.jpg




Emergency Exit
DSC00288bcs.jpg




DSC00284bcs.jpg



Cold War Doodlings
DSC00281bcs.jpg




DSC00275bcs.jpg




DSC00266bcs.jpg




DSC00255bcs.jpg
 

Similar threads