-A CART project to renovate
an Operational Base in Kent
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We have started to restore an Operational
Base in Kent. Due to the nature of the work, and the fact that
certain members of the public like to go and destroy these precious time capsules, the location is a closely
We are calling the project Operation Turnip as many of the
patrols in Kent were named after vegetables.
Phil Evans, our CIO for Kent, is managing the work on the
ground and CART HQ will oversea the project and fund raise.
A small team of experts are being called upon to
advise on the restoration and we will use our own internal archive and researchers knowledge around the UK to fit
out the OB as authentically as possible.
We hope to then open the space at certain times of the year for
guided tours, press calls and to allow re-enactors to stay inside.
Time was mainly taken up on this trip measuring up O.B. plus fittings. Also dug sediment out of the bottom of the
entrance Hatch to make access easier. Very messy work.
Spent first part of this trip measuring bits we had missed on last trip. Then we made some temporary fixes to the
ventilation system to stop debris blocking them. The final job for this trip was to clear the silt from in-between
the walls where the water tank sits. Very hard work but managed to achieve our goal. Worst bit over
hopefully!!! Below you can see a slideshow of images
of the OB as we clear it out.
Stage 2 -
Planning & Future Proofing - November 2012
The first job on
turning up was to remove the remaining water from base. This didnt actually take that long and was done manually
with buckets. Next was to clear out the interior of rubble and old wood. This did take a while and was a very messy
job indeed. We were going to keep the chicken wire to reuse on the beds we will build but this unfortunately was
too badly damaged to use. By the time this job was done we were both covered in mud and in my case i even managed
to get some in my mouth! not very nice!
It was noticed that
two of the roof vents were blocked so we will need to dig down and repair these at some point. It was also noted
that water level in base when we turned up has not risen at all which is very good news
We will be aiming to
finish cleaning up interior and also are going to start working on ventilation system and bringing it back to good
We are working on a 3D model of the O.B which is almost complete. .
We are working on how to re-build the broken ventilation covers and re-build the ground level round the top of
We are also researching and considering the construction of the wooden trap door and camouflage to blend in with
In terms of fixtures and fittings we have 2 Ammo boxes (One actually used by a local patrol) but still need to
find lights, food containers, Bedding and equipment.
We also plan to build bunks, table, bench that will be removable from O.B. The problem we have encountered is
designing them so they fit in and out of the small entrance shaft. Once inside it all needs to be free standing as
we do not want to attach anything to walls because it could run the risk of compromising the structure.
The remaining water needs to be pumped out.
Stage 3 - Re Build -
plan to repaint the walls and fit out the OB with new bunks and furniture. We plan to use genuine materials where
possible. Due to the small size of the bunker we will only furnish one side of it so there is space for people to
enter, move around and observe.
The images below show genuine bunks from a nearby
An example of the basic layout of a similar OB in the area.