The Oxford Times - 05 February 2015
Whoever snaps up this former Second World War sub-station is set for a blast of a time. The 1940s structure on the former RAF base at Caversfield, near Bicester, has been transformed into a luxury three-bedroom home.
But the renovation was no easy job for developers City & Country.
A team of restoration experts had to hack through the blast-proof walls to fit bigger windows and doors.
And about 200 tonnes of shingle was scooped out, by hand, from the two-metre thick concrete-and-gravel roof and a new steel frame fitted to make a second storey.
The finished property, which boasts three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study, an open plan kitchen and dining room, terrace and walled garden, is on the market for £525,000.
City & Country Design and Planning Director Simon Vernon-Harcourt said: “It’s a very unusual building, imagine you have a box and then there’s another wall around that and that wall is half a metre thick. The ceiling was a two-metre thick concrete and gravel sandwich to protect from bomb blasts, because it was vital that is the substation was hit during a war the RAF base would still have electricity.”
The construction of the sub-station is similar to a decontaminated Second World War bunker on the same site, converted into two homes and put on sale at £440,000 each last year. Both have been sold.
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