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Home of radar goes Digital

PUBLISHED: 13:34 18 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

A SECRET nuclear bunker built at the home of radar has finally been sold. The bunker at RAF Bawdsey, where radar was founded during the Second World War, has been sold for around £250,000 to a company called AL Digital.

A SECRET nuclear bunker built at the home of radar has finally been sold.

The bunker at RAF Bawdsey, where radar was founded during the Second World War, has been sold for around £250,000 to a company called A L Digital.

Top secret computer files storing sensitive information for businesses will be stored in the bunker which lies around 20 feet below ground and is surrounded in 15 feet of concrete.

Built in 1951 for the RAF as a secret underground radar station, it remained used for that until the late 1960's when radar moved away.

After that it was used by the Americans and then went on to be used as a Bloodhound Missile Defence site until the late 1970's.

It was also a home for nuclear missiles that were later replaced by cruise missiles.

But four years ago when the rest of the former research establishment was sold and turned into a school for foreign students, the two-storey bunker was sealed up.

It was unclear how long it would take for the bunker to go onto the market as it can take as long as 15 years for them to be decommissioned.

When the bunker eventually came onto the market to be sold last year a team of experts unsealed it to search the area for unexploded ordnance.

Curator of the Secret Bunker Museum in Mistley, Dr James Fox was heavily involved in the decommissioning of the Bawdsey Bunker from the RAF.

He saw inside when it was unsealed for the first time.

He said: "Everything was just the same inside – it was like entering a Pharaoh's tomb."

Just 40 bunkers like the one at Bawdsey were built around the U.K. – some have been converted into museums like the one at Mistley but others have simply been demolished to make way for houses.

It is believed that A L Digital have already bought a bunker in Ashford in Kent which has recently been given a £30million facelift.

But so far they have not revealed any plans to do the same with the Bawdsey bunker.

The company were unavailable to comment on their plans for the site.

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