As Russia continues to escalate its war against Ukraine, demand for nuclear bunkers in Poland has soared, with local companies seeing renewed interest.
Kamila Kloc of BEWA company near Żagań, which specializes in precast concrete houses and structures, said inquiries about their bunker solutions have reached 20 per day, more than the company previously received over the past year. a whole month.
Meanwhile, Robert Bursiewicz, the founder of Gdynia-based company Remont Schronu, told TOK FM radio: “After sharing a message on Facebook about the current state of civil defense systems in Poland, I received 200 messages in three days”.
As concern grows about the future, fallout shelters are no longer seen as the domain of eccentric survivalists or paranoid billionaires.
Varying in size and cost, what was once a niche market has seen an explosion of interest and innovation.
In this respect, Bunkier VIP Mobile System from Sosnowiec has earned a particularly strong reputation thanks to its solutions.
Speaking to TFN, the company’s Mariusz Słabosz said: “Our customers are actually located all over the world, and that’s because our company has created a mobile product that can be packed in containers and shipped anywhere. anywhere on earth and installed in days.
“If the owner moves, we can even move him again to his new address.”
Designed to protect against nuclear strikes, rockets, missiles and disease outbreaks, their bunkers have been marketed as 45 times safer than standard shelters.
Taking 72 hours to assemble, the company prides itself on the sturdy construction and unique technology of its product.
Made for them by Polstal, the bunkers are priced at US$399,000 and are equipped with generators, air filters and water tanks allowing people to stay inside for up to 45 days.
Located six meters underground, the mobile Bunkier VIP system also offers a range of chic interior designs for guests to choose from, although these can be tailored to suit individual preferences.
Aiming to keep families of four to eight people safe, the company is also working on more affordable alternatives.
Słabosz said, “We are still working on a budget solution to allow us to cater to a wider range of customers.”
Taking into account the needs of the general public, Schron, meanwhile, established a shelter near Łódź capable of accommodating 128 people.
Subdivided into 32 units, their complex offers a series of 19.5 m² rooms for rent that can accommodate four people each.
However, this was offset by a more premium offering. With extensive expertise in creating shelters, bunkers, treasuries and server rooms, Schron have expertise in designing for residential, industrial and government purposes, with their private shelters ranging from 50m² to 1,000m² .
According to their website: “The entire reinforced concrete structure is covered with a layer of at least two meters of soil which will largely absorb the effects of military operations and penetrating radiation.”
For the sake of comfort, the company seeks to recreate normal living conditions as closely as possible and also offers the installation of landscape LED screens on the walls to reproduce daylight.
With many of their projects looking positively luxurious, the company underscores its commitment to livability by saying, “Modern shelters don’t look like those built in the last century.
“The interior of your shelter can reflect your aesthetic preferences.”
Also excelling in providing premium solutions, Warsaw-based Foxden has seen calls increase by several hundred percent, a point helped by its reputation in the industry.
Cooperating with the best manufacturers, the company even camouflages the entrances and exterior elements of their shelters and equips them with access control systems such as encryptors, fingerprint readers and face scanners.
“A bunker is not just concrete covered with a layer of earth”, specifies the firm. “The hardest part of building a bunker is to finish it and ensure human survival for as long as possible. You have to consider ventilation, pressure, utilities, toilets, systems storage and security.
The range of fittings offered by the most high-end providers is limitless, with some going so far as to include gymnasiums, cinemas and other recreational facilities.
Despite this, it’s the low-end surveys that are growing in popularity – something that’s not designed to live on, but to survive on.
As it stands, these potential customers can expect to pay around PLN 150,000 for a 20 m² shelter for four people.
While Poland is already home to around 62,000 public shelters, these only have the capacity to accommodate 1.3 million people, or 3% of the population.
Moreover, with many of these somewhat more than outdated relics of the past, it is believed that only a small number would actually protect its users from the threat of radiation.
Wanda Nowicka, a former deputy marshal of the Sejm, publicly stated her fears earlier this year: “In Silesia, the outlook is dire,” she said. “The shelters are in an unusable state. Investments are necessary, but there are no legal regulations.
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