Last Alteration: Monday 19 November 2012

MOD St Athan

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51°24'42"-03°25'05" show decimal

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MOD St Athan
St Athan, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 4WA

Formerly known as RAF St Athan

St Athan opened on 1st September 1938 for the RAF, and is reputedly the largest station of the forces. In recent years the station was used mainly for aircraft repairs, becoming home to the Defence Aircraft Repair Agency.

As well as the RAF, the site also housed other forces, and in 2006 it officially became an MOD base and now has a large army presence; the repair functions are gradually being wound down.

17 Jan 2007: the base has won a contract to create an armed forces training academy for the Royal Airforce, Army and Navy. This has secured its future for many years to come, and will provide some 5000 jobs to the area!

UNIT 878 Picketson Site was used for the Cyberfactory Roof.

Hangar 2

Army of GhostsScreen Shot

Army of GhostsScreen Shot

Army of GhostsScreen Shot

Army of GhostsScreen Shot

DoomsdayScreen Shot

DoomsdayScreen Shot

DoomsdayScreen Shot

DoomsdayScreen Shot

Additional Notes:

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This might be the same hangar as #1, or Twin Peaks hangar, different angle

"Round" hangar

Children of Earth - Day FiveScreen Shot

Children of Earth - Day FiveScreen Shot

Additional Notes:

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Probably one of two "round" hangars by the outside area above

Picketston Gate

Children of Earth - Day FiveScreen Shot

Children of Earth - Day FiveScreen Shot

Children of Earth - Day FiveScreen Shot

Children of Earth - Day FiveScreen Shot

Children of Earth - Day FiveScreen Shot

Additional Notes:

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The "Twin Peaks" hangar can be seen in the background of one of the shots.

Where to travel to next?

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For detailed information where you can travel to next, see the full Locations Guide entry.

Additional Torchwood locations as the crow flies:

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B4265 (Random Shoes): 1.15 miles.

Filming Reports:

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3 Feb 2011: Album - Outside the base where filming taking place for Miracle Day.

Further links about the location:

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St Athan HIVE

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BBC Wales Doctor Who Locations

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MOD Filming - details of the site for general filming permission.

Related Stories

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Out of Time [2006]: Torchwood await the arrival of an airplane.

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Children of Earth: Day Five [27 Oct, 5-6 Nov 2008]: Kids are delivered to a 456 collection point

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The New World

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The Categories of Life [2-5,7-8 Feb 2011] ("Round" hangar): South Wales Overflow Camp

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The Middle Men [2-5,7-8 Feb 2011] ("Round" hangar): South Wales Overflow Camp

Related Studio Stories

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The Empty Child [17th Jan 2005]: Rose hanging from barrage balloon, and falling

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