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Green funeral charity rents Hampshire nuclear bunker

Bunker near Twyford
The bunker has 8ft (2.5m) thick walls and steel doors

An ex-nuclear bunker in Hampshire has become the headquarters for a charity which promotes using natural coffins and alternative burial grounds.

The bunker, near Twyford village, was originally built in 1905 as a covered reservoir before being transformed into a nuclear bunker during the Cold War.

It was bought privately for £240,000 last December.

The Natural Death Centre is now renting the building - which can house up to 30 people. It said: "It's a great office."

The bunker, which has been used by computer security companies since it was decommissioned in 1997, has the ability to withstand a nuclear strike.

The property, originally a redundant Victorian covered reservoir, comprises 2,500 sq ft (232 sq m) of office space with a kitchen and 4,800 sq ft (446 sq m) of storage space.

The building has 8ft (2.5m) thick concrete walls and a 6in (15.2cm) thick steel door, which meant it was ideally suited to withstanding a nuclear bomb during the Cold War.

It also has parking space for 18 cars.


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