Underground Archive

Setting up an underground historical archive for Dungeness as well as a gene bank/ plant observatory is the direction I am interested as Dungeness houses many different species of flora and fauna, as well as interesting historical archives and artifacts that will potentially be lost due to climate change and global warming. Nuclear power station A is already closed and nuclear power station B will potentially be closed by 2020. This will be the ideal set up for the archive and gene bank using available structures and placing additional structures to connect the two power stations.

Infographic drawing of Dungeness Power Plant B. source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bibliodyssey/4567459788/in/album-72157623023520842/
Infographic drawing of Dungeness Power Plant B. source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bibliodyssey/4567459788/in/album-72157623023520842/

 

However, several issues that possibly avail if tackled in this manner include:

  1. Underground structures (building regulation, ecological impact and construction).
  2. Ventilation and temperature regulation; as gene banks require a temperature between 4°C to 5°C, with regards to Svalbard’s Global Seed Vault regulated temperature.
  3. Future threats (flooding, water level).
Flood Risk Map of Romney Marsh. source: http://theromneymarsh.net/floodrisk
Flood Risk Map of Romney Marsh. source: http://theromneymarsh.net/floodrisk

 

Soil composition of Romney Marsh. souce: http://theromneymarsh.net/floodrisk
Soil composition of Romney Marsh. souce: http://theromneymarsh.net/floodrisk

Considering the low level and soil composition of Dungeness, it has a quite high risk of flooding from the  coast. Also, Dungeness is expected to be submerged in about 150 years. Hence, I am currently exploring underground construction methods, archive and gene bank planning and design and ways to resolve the issue of the power stations being possibly submerged 150 years later. Also, for the site visit later, I will investigate the underground structures of both power stations, as well as possible underground structures around Dungeness that could be used as an extension from the nuclear power stations.

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