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Plans unveiled to open secret Wartime London tunnels
Plans have been revealed to transform secret wartime London tunnels into one of the world’s most unique underground cultural experiences, opening them up to the public for the first time in decades.
G&T is providing Project Management, Employer’s Agent and CDM Client Advisor services on the proposals which, if approved, will see the transformation of the tunnels, bringing to life their history by installing high-resolution large-scale curved immersive screens together with interactive structures, scent-emitting technology and hundreds of individual acoustic pinpoint speakers.
"G&T is excited to be involved in this unique project, helping to bring to life the rich history and narratives associated with these tunnels."
The tunnels comprise 8,000m² of passageways, together a mile long and the width of three London buses. Up to 2m visitors a year will have the chance to explore this subterranean secret world, which is located 40m below High Holborn.
Kept secret for nearly 70 years, the tunnels were originally built in the 1940s as shelter for Londoners during the Blitz. They have since served has the home of the Special Operations Executive (the real-life location of James Bond’s Q Branch), an international communications exchange used during the Cold War and was once the deepest licensed bar in London used by nearly 200 government workers.
Angus Murray, Chief Executive of The London Tunnels Ltd said: "The history of the tunnels, their scale and the location between London's Holborn and the historic Square Mile, could make these tunnels one of London's most popular tourist destinations. Welcoming two million people per year, The London Tunnels would in turn increase spending for local businesses, making a tangible difference to this part of Central London."
Images: © DBOX for The London Tunnels