U.K. broadcaster BBC has plans in place to broadcast from a wartime “bunker” if the coronavirus pops up at its offices, reports the Mirror.
Among the network’s contingency plans include shifting vital operations to a Wood Norton facility it bought in 1939.
During a potential outbreak, maintaining consistent news delivery could be vital in helping citizens stay informed of the latest advisories and events.
Wood Norton, the former estate of Prince Philippe, Duke of Orléans, has since become home to the network’s technical training department known as BBC Academy.
In the late 1960s, BBC built an addition to the Victorian estate to give its training facilities more space.
That project included adding a 150-foot long underground bunker that was later retrofitted as an emergency studio should its BBC Broadcasting House become contaminated with coronavirus.
Of the years, BBC also added numerous satellite dishes, receivers and transmitters to the site.
During the Cold War, the network made plans to use it as alternative broadcasting facility if England was attacked by a nuclear weapon.
According to a Mirror source, the network is already taking pre-emptive cleaning procedures at Wood Norton and limiting visitors to it, presumably so it can remain clean(er) should it need to be activated as a backup studio.