Designers Paul Scott Associates won a highly Commended prize against very stiff competition for the conversion of two World War II Nissen huts into dwelling houses. The successful conversion balances the significance of these two buildings with the need to provide a sustainable and viable use for their future conservation. The site was constructed during 1944/45 by the Ministry of defence (MOD) as a Y station and forms one of just four similar sites within the British Isles, which were erected by the Admiralty to track shipping, including U Boats. The buildings continued in use (during the cold war) until the mid 1970s, when they were decommissioned by the MOD and returned to the owner for agricultural use.
Two iconic Nissen hut designs now lovely new dwellings. Above with the farmers who own it and Richard Nissen.
Freeman Nissen Huts
A film showing the assembly of a Nissen hut, probably 1917. Men of the Royal Engineers, assemble a Nissen hut used to house 24 men.
Imperial War Museum
I was born in 1950 and lived for years in a Nissen hut in Cattistock camp. I think it was an ex pow camp. I remember the ice hanging from the roof (caused by condensation) and being very cold. One black lead range to heat the whole building and cook by. Having my fathers old RAF coat over the beds to stop us getting wet/damp bedding! Homes for heroes my father called it.
Memories of a Nissen Hut by J. Naylor
The Nissen Hut was originally designed to shelter troops in WW1. Now it can provide you with sanctuary in your garden office. Visit www.nissenhut.co.uk for inspiration.
The British Icon. Reborn.
The original use and age of the Museum’s Nissen Hut remain mysterious. It had already been moved before arriving in Sewell...
Chiltern Open Air Museum
Visit the Italian Chapel in Orkney which was constructed by Italian POWs during the Second World War.