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Ideas contest launched for US bunker in Bloomsbury

The Bloomsbury Association has opened an international ideas contest to reinvent London’s Eisenhower Centre

Graduates and students of art, design and architecture are invited to submit concepts for the former deep-level shelter on Chenies Street.

Originally constructed as a public bomb shelter, the subterranean complex was used by General Dwight Eisenhower – who later became president – as his military headquarters during the Second World War.

 The tunnels were later used as a transit camp for US soldiers but closed in 1956 following a fire. The facility has since been used for document storage.

Proposals should encourage social engagement with the landmark, draw on the history of the local area and retain two functioning ventilation stacks which service the London Underground.

The competition winner will receive £1,000 and a £250 prize will also be awarded to the runner-up.

The prize winners will be announced at the Bloomsbury and Holborn Summer Festival on 11 July.

The deadline for submissions is 4 July.

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