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Introduction

From the mid 1950’s nuclear weapons and associated components were regularly transported from Aldermaston to Orford Ness for tests to be carried out. The early weapons were very large and would have been delivered directly to the test lab reception area. At the beginning of the 1960’s, weapons were becoming significantly smaller, and testing requirements more complex. The volume of test weapons and components being handled by Orford Ness was increasing steadily.

In order to accommodate the increasing workload AWRE embarked on a building programme known as Phase 2. As part of this programme a new secure nuclear weapon storage facility known as the Magazine was built in 1962.

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Prelim Sketch

Prelim Sketch

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General Arrangement

General Arrangement

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Longitudinal & Cross Sections

Longitudinal & Cross Sections

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Mechanical Services Installation

Mechanical Services Installation

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Plan

Plan

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Door, Ironmongery & Decoration Schedule

Door, Ironmongery & Decoration Schedule

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Steam & Condense Mains

Steam & Condense Mains

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5 Ton Monorail

5 Ton Monorail

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Water Main Layout

Water Main Layout

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Door & Vent Details

Door & Vent Details

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Road Layout

Road Layout

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Heating Installation

Heating Installation

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Layout & Details of Lighting

Layout & Details of Lighting

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Roof - Parabolic Arch Details

Roof - Parabolic Arch Details

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Details of Felt Roofing

Details of Felt Roofing

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Cable Route to Plinth F

Cable Route to Plinth F

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General Arrangement

General Arrangement

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