Drakelow was constructed in sandstone hills
near Kidderminster. Estimated costs were £285,000 and construction,
which started in June, 1941 was expected to take one year.
The underground factory
achieved full production in May, 1943 and the final cost was in
excess of £1,000,000.
From 1955 to 1958 Drakelow
was used as a transit store for redundant plant. Between 1958 and
1980 it was a Regional Seat of Government and then a Regional Government
Headquarters until 1993 when it was sold off.
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is unfortunately apparent that with these major underground
schemes the nature of the work and the lack of precise knowledge
of what will be, always results in the original estimates
of both cost and time being greatly exceeded.'
of Aircraft Production