AA Battery Pattiston
A postwar anti-aircraft battery was sited to the east of Barrhead. Site number CD47. Part of the Clyde Postwar AA Defences, the site was known as Pattiston.
The same location was also the site of a World War II anti-aircraft battery, AA Battery Millthird, which was demolished and cleared to make way for the postwar battery.
Although the buildings constructed for the postwar battery were not demolished, the area was again cleared after the battery had been abandoned, and developed as a caravan site.
World War II
The first installation was a World War II anti-aircraft battery, known as AA Battery Millthird. Constructed a short way to the northwest of the later Cold War defence, this first battery was demolished and the site cleared with no surviving remains evident.
Aerial photographs taken in 1946 showed the remains of the original battery and a number of hut bases belonging to the accommodation camp, but later aerial photographs taken by the RAF in 1954 show that the postwar emplacements had been constructed only a few metres southwest of the original wartime battery site.
Cold War battery
The battery was equipped with four advanced emplacements each containing an engine room and computer room, with at least two further buildings on the site, believed to be accommodation, one reported to have heavily armoured doors. Records indicate that the guns mounter on postwar battery were disposed of as scrap in July 1956, to McConnell of Coatbridge.
Aerial views clearly show the outline of the site perimeter, with sections of the original perimeter fence being reported along the southern extent.
The Cold War emplacements now lie adjacent to and southwest of the plots within the Ailsa Caravan Site, which occupies the area of the World War II battery which was demolished to make way for them.
The four postwar emplacements and their attached buildings were reported to be flooded in 1996, when the then manager of the site was reported to have intended to demolish the central pair of emplacement, although this did not take place. A further intention to demolish was reported in 2001, but the emplacements were still found to be complete and in place during a site visit in 2008.
Recording studio conversion
In 2003, the third of the bunkers was converted to a recording studio, The Sonic Temple. Only part of the bunker could be used, as the remainder was either flooded or filled with rubble and earth. Although reported be in operation during 2009, and a local report that the studio owners was hoping to clear out the remainder of the structure, their given web link is dead, and the only reference which could be found online was the business directory advert quoted below:
The Sonic Temple is a recording studio housed in a dis-used military bunker. Built during the Second World War to defend the nation its three foot thick reinforced concrete walls provide excellent acoustic separation from the world out side and keep the sound where it needed, inside. The re-modeled interior provides one of the most spacious studios in central Scotland. At the Sonic Temple we use 24 track hard disk recording and pro tools together to offer our customers the very best recording possible by bringing together the traditional recording disaplins and the new digital applications. At the Sonic Temple We can offer a range of services including recording/mastering/producing/composition/cd manufacture/artwork design/live recording/live production The Sonic Temple Also now has an inhouse record label ---Sonic Temple Records--- always on the look out for the next big thing We Specialise in rock and metal past and present so if you rock and are fed up with your demos sounding to thin come see us
The Sonic Temple
Ailsa View Park
0141 876 9160
07974 296 333
All images in the gallery below were taken during February 2007 and are © Dave, and used with permission. The original album is given in the External Links, and is the source of the captions which appear below the images.
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