Bletchley Park Huts are floorless, not perfect

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Floorboards from a former military intelligence school have been donated to Bletchley Park as their hut restoration work continues.

The £8 million Heritage Lottery Fund project, which will see Huts 3 and 6 saved, got underway just in time as rotting and crumbling could have seen the sites lost forever.

Janie Price, conservation architect, said: “These huts were only put up as temporary structures so they probably would have expected them to be taken down after the war and it is extraordinary that they have lasted as well as they have.”

Now the floorboards from the historic Fawley Court in Henley on Thames, which was used as a military intelligence school during the Second World War.

The floorboards they have given to Bletchley Park will now provide a like for like, genuine Second World War replacement for the old boards which had rotted beyond repair.

They have also donated around 50 square metres of shiplap boarding to the Bletchley Park Trust to cover the exterior of the buildings.

Hut 6 in particular had suffered sever weather damage on one side and scaffolding is currently in place so repairs can take place.

Janie said: “The whole of the west side of the building is completely decayed, the reason being the ground level externally has been raised up so when the tarmac was put down and the road was put down it was too high.”

Across the site improvement work to Block C is coming along nicely as it is transformed into a visitor centre.

The original floors have been uncovered, radiators have been refurbished for re-use, and replica lights are now being made, all staying as close to the original design as possible.