Cold War, Prins Willem Alexander military barracks.
In Gouda you can find a military complex at the Groen van Prinsterlaan, the Prins Willem Alexander barracks (PWA) .
A part of the complex is being demolished (9/2006), but the ground floor will be kept in function. This part is the former "atomic bunker" which had to protect the former National Territorial Command Center during the Cold War. After this period it became the command center for several other military units.
The building was constructed in 1968 for about 100 persons with 50 beds and kept in use till the first Golf War in 1991. It was used during NATO exercises for moving troops in and out of Germany and during the first Golf War through the harbour of Rotterdam. After that, the bunker was put out of active use. It is situated on ground level, maybe because the ground in Gouda is very wet and soft and an underground construction was too expensive. On top of the bunker were normal offices situated.
The bunker itself was formed like an office; long corridors with lots of rooms for staff units, communications, safety and other tasks. Of course there where sleeping rooms, toilets and other facilities available. In one of the rooms, you see it on the pictures, there are big movable map-boards visible.
1x bunker ± 58 x 38 meters