History of the Rugby Radio Station C Building as plans for 6,200 new homes are revealed

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RUGBY’S biggest expansion in recent years has taken one step close to reality as the enormity of the development is revealed for the first time.

The town’s historic radio station mast site is set to be transformed into a huge urban expansion of Rugby over the next 20 years with 6,200 new homes and infrastructure to support it.

The new community will be built on 680 hectares of countryside on the outskirts of the town, changing the face of Rugby forever.


The radio station has played an important part in the history of BT, Rugby and the UK. From its early days in the 1920s providing vital communications links with far-flung parts of the British Empire through to its security role sending transmissions to the submarine fleet, the radio station has a rich story to tell. For many years, it was home to an Atomic Clock which provided highly accurate measurements to ensure that Greenwich MeanTime stayed reliable to the exact second. In its heyday, the site also provided significant local employment for the area with staff all working on or supporting essential communications tasks. Today, that team has been reduced to just a handful as the expansion of satellite, fibre-optic and digital communications has largely superseded long-wave radio. There is now the opportunity to do something significant with the site. BT, Aviva Investors and their development team say they are focused on creating a vision which delivers effective re-use of the site, together with related social and economic opportunities, locally, regionally and nationally.

For the full in-depth story see today’s (Thursday) Rugby Advertiser.