I have now collated some of this into a Knol: http://knol.google.com/k/bruce-everiss/ ... ln1pbt/35#
DSDA (Defence Storage and Distribution Agency) Kineton (formerly CAD Kineton) is an arms depot in rural Warwickshire, on and under the site of the Civil War battle of Edge Hill. Its role is to receive, store, processes, issue and distribute explosive and non-explosive munitions and materiel to UK Armed Forces worldwide.The nearest towns are Leamington Spa and Stratford on Avon. It was created during World War 2 and has been greatly expanded and modified since.
DSDA Kineton is one of the most secret places in Britain so information only slips out by mistake, as part of another issue or in parlimentary questions. DSDA, who manage the site, are a limited company and as such issue an annual report which gives a small glimpse of what is going on.
The site has its own railway line for moving munitions in and out. Also it has a very extensive sidings system which would be needed in case of a big war for handling the sheer volumes of munitions necessary. In peacetime these sidings are rented out to railway companies for storing rolling stock. The railway system continues underneath the Warwick countryside so that trains can be loaded and unloaded directly into bunkers. Thus minimising work and keeping them safe from both observation and attack. There is also an extensive underground road system.
Another British arms depot, Dean Hill, was closed. This was much smaller representing just 5% of the UK capacity. However since its closure plans and photographs have been released which show exactly how it worked. If you scale these up 50 times you get some idea of what DSDA Kineton is.
Some facts about DSDA Kineton:
Vast 2500 acre (10.1 km2) complex.
200 widely dispersed buildings.
21 miles (33.8km) of railway track.
22 miles (35.4km) perimeter fence.
300 military and civilian personnel.
58 undergroundStandard Explosives Storehouses (SESH)
185 underground Explosive Storehouses (ESH)
14 ammunition processing buildings
To give some a ballpark figure about the volumes of munitions stored we have some figures one is "it stores one-third of a million cubic metres of explosives" another is that it is the largest store for the "1.5 million tonnes of high explosives" that the UK keeps stored. Obviously these are official figures so the reality could be even bigger.
It is also home to the Army School of Ammunition including the new multi-million pound Felix (named after bomb squad mascots) Centre for training Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) engineers where courses are given in Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) using robot search equipment on a mock-up urban street to provide realistic scenarios.