I think the bunker should be turned into a museam, I think it would make a great, interesting atraction.
This should be preserved for posterity. If we demolish this building we are destroying our history.
I would live in it. somewhere warm and dry, not too near to anyone! brilliant. Whereabouts? No location given
open it up to the public as a artifact of the time!
Opn it to the public as a museum to the 1950s
it should be kept to show what life was like it the 1950
we should preserve our history for future education
You would have more chance buying a bunker in north korea than you could in britian.
The battle to save the RSG bunker has been won. The building is to become a secure document archive, using some of the original generating equipment on a daily basis. Much interior walling will be removed, especially in the 1964 extension, but a full photographic record has been made and any items of historic interset removed will be offered to appropriate museum collections. The exterior will remain largely unchanged. The building should be added to the various city architectural guides, which have overlooked it to date, due to its former secrecy!
Did you know that Cambridgeshire is soon to get its own voluntry Search & Rescue team and they are in desperate need of an HQ. This building would be perfect for them. With some grant funding the building could be turned into their SAR HQ whilst keeping within the Grade 2 listing requirements and retain all its original features. The team could then open it to the public as a means of raising funds. This way everyone wins, the building isn't left to rack and ruin it would be used as a control centre (much like its original purpose) and would not end up being used to store boxes. The public would also get to see it thus preserving this interesting building.
I say let Cambridgeshire Search & Rescue have it.
That place could host some wicked parties
this is part ofor heritage and should not be destroyed, far too many of these historical sites are being demolished, they should be preserved for future generations to observe!
openit to tourists
The date of the full public planning inquiry has now been set to run from 16th May 2006, for three days. This will be held at The Guildhall in Cambridge.
I think this is a part of heritage that should be kept for future generations to look at, and refelct...
I live british built colonial house, in Singapore,also with the Bunker.We love it.!
It is so easy to forget about the Cold war, it is a fact and buildings like this should be kept to remind future generations of how close we came to wiping ourselves out.
I'd buy it and live in it, but it should remain where it is.
A second comment, for those interested to know! The decision by Cambridge City Council NOT to stand in the way of the buildings demolition has been over-ruled by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and the decision will now go to a full public enquiry, to be held in Cambridge, probably in Jan '06. This is very good news for the future of the building.
I am sure we have more modern and hi tech replacements that we nothing about. Never the less they are part of history so preserve them for posterity.
There are other shelters in Cambridge, one is the Sleeperz hotlet, another is the old Cambridgeshire House. If you look they have metal panel fixtures where the windows are.
This reprosents a horrific part of humanity, and some may think that monuments this this era of cold war should be forgotten. I for one think that such instalations should be kept to remind those of the future just how things could have turned out.
How many of us knew it was there?? It sounds so amazing and should be kept! the history that is inside it would be fascinating to history buffs! You should NEVER get rid of history, it's a reminder of things never to go back to. Open it up to the public, we'd support it even if the moneymen won't! They have no care for our heritage!
SAVE THE BUNKER!!!!!
its a part of our heritage.the present is built on the past.well I hope not literally!
I believe these historic buildings should be preserved.SAVE THE BUNKER!!!!
It is surprising to see a city with as much interest in history as cambridge apparently so anxious to get rid of this fine example of 20th century Cold War architecture. There are few of them left, and plenty of local enthusiasm to see this one remain. The cynical ploy by the develpers to call its planned replacement affordable housing has deceived few of the locals. Their plan to retain a tiny bit of the wall of the bunker, and call it "partial demolition" was fun too. What will win the day? Money or history? This building was considered important enough to be listed. People have been coming forward with uses for it. Now is the time to save it and add another perfectly valid chapter to the rich history of a fascinating city. What would I use it for? How about moving the Folk Museum in here?
The bunker is clearly of international architectural and socio-historical importance. It was in use as an RSG from at least 1960. The large extension was actually built in 1964 and held beds for all 450 staff. The building's importance has been recognised by The Twentieth Century Society, The Ancient Monuments Society, DoCoMoMo (in the Netherlands) as well as with English Heritage here. There are 12,000 protected parish churches in Britain, but only 2 listed Cold War bunkers. They say as much about Britain in the twentieth century as the Churches do about the 15th! obviously the Cambridge RSG must stay. Cultural history must take priority over short-term, politicised, housing reqirements.
This should be preserved so that our future generations at least have the opportunity to learning about the effects of war. There is a stark reality preserved here as there is at Duxford, Madingly, and the hundreds more war graves across our country and Europe. If you abandon this then next you close down the Imperial War Museum as irrelevent, build houses over the graves at Madingly and abandon all the memorials to material greed disguised as progress.
Yes, the bunker should be preserved and renovated, particularly if it has already been Grade II listed. Perhaps the developers could even make it into a local fee-earning feature, helping to offset some of the loss of social housing.
I recently toured Kelvedon Hatch near Brentwood which is entirely underground, 5 storeys deep and imparts a real feeling of how it would have been to live in such a building - quite cramped, claustrophobic and minimalist. These places are a fascinating, if not somewhat morbid reminder, of not only how close the UK came to a nuclear engagement in the 50's and 60's, but also of why they should be preserved for future generations.
Keep the Cambridge Bunker open for the public!