It was dome shaped. With two chimneys coming out the top. And I couldn't really tell if it was on this side of the estuary or the other. Either way, it was huge.
One year on, and I'm determined to find out what it is. I have my ideas: it's a very sinister building, and I'm going to do my best to get as close to it as I possibly can.
And I've told an adult where I'm going.
It will take fifty minutes to Southampton Central. I will visit Pokesdown, Christchurch, New Milton, Hinton Admiral, Brockenhurst, Sway, and Totton (which I'd later travel through anyway).
It was exactly the same bus type as the 164. It was just blue. Blue and more expensive.
We did the train route backwards, until we got near to Totton and I saw this sign - the first pyshical evidence that Marchwood exists.
It's definetly Marchwood, we're on Tavells Lane and there's a big sign with 'Marchwood' on it.
So far this has been a ghost town. No people, no cars, no domes.
The Dome should be at the end of this road.
I was beginning to wonder if there was any people in this village in the first place; I still hadn't found any.
The signs said to report to the security lodge. I did what I was told: I was terrified this was going to be as close as I was ever going to get to my dome.
He came out to greet me before I'd even got to the door. He never told me his name, and he didn't like my camera (I asked for a portrait).
I didn't know what to call it, so I pointed out the window and he knew immediently. The first thing he told me was that I'd not be allowed anywhere near it. He said this because "of what they do". They'd had problems with anarchist groups. I couldn't believe I'd come this far to look at it from behind a fence. I looked at his map and he told me not to consider going right; that was a high security army base, and they'd shoot before asking questions.
I asked him if he had a number for the building. It was on a list beneath 'MOD Rapid Response'.
80875550. Is that even a real phone number?
I walk back to the phonebox on the otherside of the road as a BT van pulls up outside. I pick up the reciever: no dial tone. By this point the van driver is directly next to me (his van window was down, and my phone box had all the glass smashed out). I asked him if it was broken. He said yes and didn't know where another one was.
Marianne did - we'd passed one on the bus. About forty minutes walk away.
After walking for what felt like forever, and still passing no people or cars, I found the phonebox.
This one had a dial tone. The first person I got through to was someone at 'PMI'. He was actually in The Dome. He said I had to
ring another number. I wrote it down and I did. This time I had telephoned Winchester: they said I had to dial another number to speak
to Keely Gallagher. Picking up the answer phone as soon as I spoke, she introduced herself as working for 'Veolia'.
I explained what I wanted to do and she said she'd ring me back. About a minute later she did: to tell me what I can visit in six months time. Time to clean up what they were doing?
I wasn't getting any closer.
PMI. Veolia. Neither of these are anywhere to be seen on the park's sign.
Just as it's sinister form signifies, something very strange is going on inside this building.
In Bournemouth it would hit 2 at the very most.
With the extreme security, and even telephone boxes being against me, I feel I've done the most I can here. I've visited the Dome, and I'm pretty certain with all the clues I've discovered that this is a military experiment.
I will research more at home.
Click here for BBC News page
And now I know what I am looking for, it doesn't take long before I stumble accross lots of news articles and information on an event in Southampton about a year earlier, I would think about the time the Dome's construction had just began.
The news is that a Nuclear submarine was to dock in Southampton. If you look on the maps; it's docking where the Dome is. What is interesting however, is that the Government drew up emergency plans for a nuclear incident at the site. Plans are inplace to deal with nuclear contamination within a 2km radius around The Dome.
I think I'll be back in six months.