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From 1941 the Nissen hut began to be used for dispersed site living accommodation. It was constructed of lengths of 6 feet wide curved corrugated iron sheets fixed to a steel frame and had a concrete floor. The Nissen hut came in widths of 16 feet, 24 feet, and 30 feet and lengths of multiples of 6 feet with the 36 feet by 16 feet being used as standard. Corrugated steel sheets were laid horizontally on the inside and on the outside were 26-gauge corrugated iron sheeting. With wooden or brick ends each containing two windows and a door frame they could be erected quickly and its arched shape made it very strong.

A 'Nissen' curved corrugated iron hut. Example - Headquarters Site, building No.6, NAAFI. Drawing © Mike Millichamp