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Security firm buys Cold War bunker
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A computer security firm has bought the bunker

A former nuclear bunker built to protect key government officials during the Cold War has been sold to a computer security firm.

Centrinet, a computer systems security company that has clients in Moscow and Beijing as well as former Eastern Bloc countries, has bought the bunker in Skendleby, Lincolnshire.

The former bunker was listed for sale at 400,000.

The firm's 27 staff will relocate to their unusual new offices within the next 12 months from their current home in Waterside South, Lincoln.

High ceilings

Centrinet director Kelly Smith said the four-level windowless structure, which has reinforced concrete walls up to 15ft thick, was ideal for their needs.

Mr Smith said: "When you say nuclear bunker, people think of a dark, dingy room which is pretty oppressive with water running down the walls.

It's the sort of property that's completely useless for 99.9% of businesses but priceless for 0.1%
Kelly Smith

"But it's got high ceilings and big rooms and the whole place is very light and airy."

It has been estimated that the facility would cost 23m if it were built today.

"The big plus point from an electrical security point of view is that there's no possibility of eavesdropping or radio interference," Mr Smith said.

"It's the sort of property that's completely useless for 99.9% of businesses but priceless for 0.1%."

The 30,000-square-foot underground bunker, which was built in total secrecy 50 years ago and has about 21,000 square feet of usable office space, has its own back-up generator and air conditioning system.

Guard house

Employees will enter the facility from a tunnel and a surface guard house which leads to the underground offices.

The building was designed to house 130 key government and military personnel for up to three months in the event of a nuclear attack.

The Home Office undertook a 15m refurbishment of the facility in 1983 but it was decommissioned and declassified after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

It has since been owned by several businessmen until it went on the market, attracting about 30 potential buyers and seven offers.

Centrinet's clients include airlines, banks and government departments in more than 42 countries worldwide.

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