Cold war nuclear bunker 5m underground on-sale for £25,000 amid Ukraine invasion

The underground hideaway in Brundall, Norfolk, is fitted with an earth bonding system to guard against electro-magnetic pulse from nuclear explosions

The bunker has come on to the market

A Cold War nuclear bunker has gone on the market for £25,000 as war rages on in Ukraine.

The underground hideaway was built five meters underground in 1961 to protect against any likelihood of an attack

Located in Brundall, Norfolk, it is fitted with an earth bonding system to guard against electro-magnetic pulse from nuclear explosions

During the 1960s, 1,560 bunkers were created – but they weren’t cheap, and cost as much as an average terrace house to build.

Property sellers say this bunker is “mint condition” and for a £25,000 investment, has space for three people.

Each of the bunkers built measured and monitored radiation levels if a nuclear were to happen.

The five meter climb to the underground bunker


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Workers stopped using the hideaways for weekly training after the collapse of the Soviet Union

But given the fragile situation in Ukraine prompted by Russia’s invasion, the accommodation has now gone on the market.

Sellers say it hasn’t been vandalized or experienced any flooding, which means it is in good condition for would-be buyers.

It is made of a solid piece of steel-reinforced concrete and reaches five meters beneath the ground.

The hideaway is fitted with a radio and landline in the monitoring room


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It has an outer layer of bricks to protect against penetration, while bitumen provides waterproofing on its exterior.

The listing for the bunker states: “The structure was cast in a continuous process as one solid piece of steel reinforced concrete so that it could move in the ground as one if it were subject to the shockwave from a nearby nuclear burst.

“It is ‘tanked’ by waterproofing with bitumen and then an outer layer of bricks to protect against penetration.

“Unlike some bunkers, this example never suffered from water ingress and has remained absolutely dry, a testament to quality construction.

There is no connection to water, electricity or sewer systems


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“Operational bunkers were modified by the Home Office in the 1980s with polystyrene insulation to the internal walls and ceiling and this remains in good condition.”

Any owner could climb down a deep shaft fixed with a steel ladder leading to a one meter “monitoring room.”

It is fitted with a radio and a landline, but there is no connection to water, electricity or sewer systems.

The countryside location it says is also close to the village of Brundall where amenities include a market, post office, and local pub.

Listed by Unique Property Bulletin, it says: “UKWMO Brundall is located in Norfolk, approximately 118 miles from London.

The listing says it is situated in greenfield countryside, surrounded by arable farmland.


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“Situated in greenfield countryside, surrounded on all sides by arable farmland.

“Most bunkers were built on high ground so their ground zero cameras would have panoramic views of the horizon.

“This plot is no exception and benefits from a very pleasant view of surrounding unspoilt rural East Anglia.

“This bunker survived the civil defense cutbacks of the mid 1960s when half the original number were closed, many now having been demolished.”

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