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Second World War bunker is transformed into a stunning Grade II-listed holiday home

Air(raid)B&B! Second World War bunker is transformed into a stunning Grade II-listed holiday home with sea views after laying overgrown for 75 years

  • A World War Two bunker is set to be turned into a holiday home with sea views
  • The Grade-II listed bunker has lay redundant and overgrown for over 75 years
  • The building in Ringstead, Dorset, will be transformed into a two-bedroom let
  • The bunker was part of the Chain Home radar detection system during WW2

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A windowless World War Two bunker is to be turned into a smart holiday home with sea views, after architects won permission for the switch.

The Grade-II listed underground building was part of the Chain Home radar detection system in Winston Churchill’s Wizard’s Wars and was used to spot enemy advances across the Channel in the Battle of Britain.

But after laying redundant for more than 75 years and overgrown by weeds in Ringstead, Dorset, it is to be reworked into a modern two-bedroom holiday let with a huge and striking jagged-edged window.

A windowless World War Two bunker in Ringstead, Dorset, (pictured) is to be turned into a two-bedroom holiday home with sea views, after architects won permission for the switch

After laying redundant for more than 75 years, it is to be reworked into a modern two-bedroom holiday let with a huge and striking jagged-edged window (plans pictured)

After laying redundant for more than 75 years, it is to be reworked into a modern two-bedroom holiday let with a huge and striking jagged-edged window (plans pictured)

Architects Lipton Plant said: ‘We are absolutely delighted that our highly unusual scheme to turn a disused WWII bunker into a holiday home on the Dorset Coast has been granted planning permission and listed building consent.

‘Originally part of the WWII Chain Home radar detection system, the bunker played a significant role in Churchill’s ‘Wizard’s War’.’

The Wizard’s War was Churchill’s plan to harness new technology to fight and defeat Germany in World War Two and radar was a central part.

It was part of the Chain Home Radar system along the English coast designed to detect advancing enemy aircraft.

The design aims to bring light into the bunker by ‘blasting’ a new jagged edged window which will open out on to a patio with stunning views over the Jurassic Coast as well as converting former ventilation shafts into roof lights.

The Grade-II listed underground building (pictured left and right) was part of the Chain Home radar detection system and was used to spot enemy advances across the Channel

The Grade-II listed underground building (pictured left and right) was part of the Chain Home radar detection system and was used to spot enemy advances across the Channel

The holiday home (plans pictured) will be entered through a tunnel. Work is expected to be completed by May next year so it is ready for the 2022 Summer holiday season

The holiday home (plans pictured) will be entered through a tunnel. Work is expected to be completed by May next year so it is ready for the 2022 Summer holiday season

The design aims to bring light into the bunker by 'blasting' a new jagged edged window which will open out on to a patio with stunning views (pictured) over the Jurassic Coast

 The design aims to bring light into the bunker by ‘blasting’ a new jagged edged window which will open out on to a patio with stunning views (pictured) over the Jurassic Coast

The unusual window design is ‘referencing a war-torn aesthetic and camouflaging the bunker as a WW2 ruin’, the architects added.

Dorset Council’s Conservation and Design Officer Jen Nixon said: ‘Every attempt has been made to achieve a design that, despite converting the bunker to a new use, has done so in a manner that preserves its historic interest and does not impact detrimentally on its special architectural character.

‘The scheme provides a reuse for this unusual and otherwise derelict subterranean structure considered a Building At Risk, while respecting the WWII military character and its wider setting.

‘It will also be available for use as a holiday let, so contributing a degree of public benefit in enabling visitors to experience the special character of the interior and its historic interest relating to a key event in history.’

Inside the holiday home will have trendy concrete exposed walls and will be entered through a tunnel.

Work is expected to be completed by May next year so it is ready for the 2022 Summer holiday season.

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