Construction and refurbishment of accommodation for MOD
The Defence Academy is responsible for post-graduate education and the majority of command, staff, leadership, defence management, acquisition and technology training for members of the UK Armed Forces and MOD Civil Servants. It provides professional training to some 11,600 students per year on over 250 courses. Based at Shrivenham in Wiltshire, the site comprises 162 buildings and 330 hectares of land. Following a review, the Ministry of Defence decided to construct, remodel or refurbish a series of large buildings including a display hall, restored manor house, mess, lecture theatre and five accommodation blocks containing a total of almost 800 bedrooms.
The refurbishment of the existing buildings on the project presented numerous technical challenges. These included establishing new services routes through historic buildings that were not originally designed or constructed to contain modern equipment such as mechanical ventilation, comfort cooling and power/data/AV cabling. For budgetary reasons, the client decided to reuse some items of plant that were coming to the end of their serviceable life.
Working for a design and build contractor (Lorne Stewart Plc), we carried out the complete M&E designs for all aspects of the project, over a three-year period. The BSD project team remained constant throughout and our people were involved in all aspects of the M&E installations, from feasibility/sketch scheme stage right through to final sign off and commissioning.
The project was completed on time and without disruption to the regular activities at the Academy. With its new range of highly efficient and practical buildings, the Academy is well placed to continue to lead the world in its sector.