Many of us remember Greenham Common as the site of high-profile anti-nuclear protests during the 1980’s and 1990’s. However, the common was actually requisitioned as an airfield 40 years prior to the protesters’ movement, and the Common’s usage has continued to draw interest from nearby residents, as well as the public and nature lovers, ever since.
The Greenham Common Control Tower is one of 7 identical towers built in the early 1950’s during the Korean War: with the remaining 6 situated at fighter bases at Biggin Hill and North Weald, Brize Norton, Fairford and Upper Heyford, and at the Mildenhall tanker air base.
The IKON small works team was only too happy to rise to the challenge when the local parish council bought the tower and asked us to transform it into a visitors centre. The brief also included creating an observation area, cafe and toilets, and the protection of the Grade II Listed artefacts, fixtures and fittings.