Cold War bunker to be transformed into stylish ‘Teletubby’ home

A lucky homeowner could soon be living in this Teletubbies-style underground eco-mansion built from a Cold War bunker. Photo by SWNS. SUS-150929-124129001

A lucky homeowner could soon be living in this Teletubbies-style underground eco-mansion built from a Cold War bunker. Photo by SWNS. SUS-150929-124129001

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A former Royal Observation Corps underground bunker, one of a network of posts set up during the period of the Cold War, is ready to be converted into a stylish new home.

Agents Strutt and Parker say this offers someone the chance to create ‘a contemporary property by converting and significantly enlarging a former bunker.’

A lucky homeowner could soon be living in this Teletubbies-style underground eco-mansion built from a Cold War bunker. Photo from SWNS. SUS-150929-124117001

A lucky homeowner could soon be living in this Teletubbies-style underground eco-mansion built from a Cold War bunker. Photo from SWNS. SUS-150929-124117001

They have the unique scheme on their books and ask all interested parties to submit their best and final offer around the asking price of around £300,000 by October 15, so a quick decision can be made and solicitors can be instructed promptly.

The fully approved plans for the land and building, near Framfield, include a gross internal floor area of around 2,349 sq ft enclosing a lobby, sitting, dining and kitchen/breakfast rooms, utility room, cloakroom, principal suite comprising bedroom and bathroom, two further bedrooms plus a shower room.

Outside there are stained timber ‘living green’ walls and a terracotta coloured panel depicting the former bunker, all under a meadow grass roof.

The proposed terrace will be sandstone and there will be a car turntable in the entrance courtyard with further parking spaces at ground level. Light will be introduced by remodelling the existing southern ground levels to introduce a grass bank which will lead down to the house which has three, large, full height windows.

The proposed dwelling will be approached via a new drive, which, apart from the start and finish, will comprise narrow concrete track lines with grass grown in between so that the drive should blend as much as possible into the adjacent field.

The house sits in a three acre site in a rural setting with far-reaching southerly views over the adjoining countryside towards the South Downs. Framfield is about a mile away and has a public house and primary school while Uckfield with its shops, mainline Southern railway station and even a branch of ‘top people’s store,’ Waitrose, is about four miles away.

The proposed house follows in the footsteps of a number of ‘green’ homes built to maximise space and privacy while minimising noise and reducing a carbon footprint.

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