Aspire Defence wins Outstanding Contribution Award

23 May 13

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Awards 2013

Pictured above are:  (l-r) Sarah Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire; John Langdon, Licensed Bat Worker, ADCW; Gee Shankar, Sustainability Advisor, ADCW; Mike Lockwood, External Works and Surveys Manager, ADCW; Amy Longworth, Sustainability Advisor, ADCW; Dr Gary Mantle MBE, Director of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust


Aspire Defence Capital Works (ADCW) has received the Outstanding Contribution Award at this year’s Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Corporate Green Awards.  Held at the STEAM Museum in Swindon, the regional awards were presented by Mrs Sarah Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire. 

ADCW, a joint venture between Carillion and KBR, is delivering an eight-year construction programme as part of the MOD’s 35-year infrastructure PFI, Project Allenby/Connaught.  The Project has been redeveloping and providing support services to the four Army Garrisons across the Salisbury Plain and at Aldershot since April 2006. 

Sustainability has been a clear driver for ADCW from the outset which brought together a broad team of sustainability and environmental practitioners with specialists in sustainable design, environmental management in construction, sustainable procurement, ecology and landscape assessment.  This has not only ensured that the key contract obligations in this area have been delivered but has also generated ‘added value’ with staff and community engagement projects.  Examples include:

  • Large scale use of solar panels on buildings in the UK
  • Largest BREEAM project in Europe
  • Extensive use of CHP (combined heating and power) and rainwater harvesting
  • 97% of demolition waste crushed and reused on site
  • Project Redstart – waste timber from the construction sites has been turned into bird, bat and hedgehog boxes which are then sold to generate funds to support local conservation groups and projects
  • Furze Hill in Tidworth – wildlife information boards were designed and installed in a public area; a butterfly egg survey took place; and a reptile refugia was created
  • Largest UK bat mitigation scheme – over 2,500 features installed in new buildings to accommodate bats disturbed through the redevelopment works
  • Working with local schools to help children respect wildlife through educational and fun activities

The Corporate Green Awards were established in 2008 to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice in Wiltshire businesses.  The Trust’s Director, Gary Mantle, congratulated the winners by saying, “I was delighted that so many companies participated.  It speaks well of the business community and its commitment to sustainable business.  This year, I was particularly pleased that the Outstanding Achievement Award was awarded to Aspire Defence Capital Works.  I hope this galvanises them and other companies across Wiltshire and Swindon to continually strive to incorporate environmental business practices.”

Phil Northfield, Managing Director of ADCW said, “Aspire is delighted to have received this accolade. The whole business exists to make soldiers’ lives better, but throughout the construction programme we have reached out to assist local charities, environmental groups and good causes and in the process have hopefully enhanced the lives of some of our neighbours as well.  We are all really proud to have received the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award”





Notes to editors:

Aspire Defence
Aspire Defence Limited is a joint venture between Carillion (17.5%), KBR (45%), InfraRed (5%) and Innisfree (32.5%).  Aspire Defence Capital Works (construction) and Aspire Defence Services (FM) are both 50:50 joint ventures between Carillion and KBR.

Aspire Defence Limited was awarded the MOD’s largest infrastructure PFI contract for Project Allenby/Connaught in March 2006.  Since then it has successfully delivered against an ambitious eight year programme of redevelopment alongside services delivery that will last 35 years and is worth some £8 billion.  Aspire Defence will deliver and maintain 11,800 single en-suite bedrooms together with dining centres and new facilities such as theatres and community centres, supporting the changing needs of the Army for more than 18,700 military personnel in four garrisons across Salisbury Plain and Aldershot.

As at the end of April 2013:

  • 368 new buildings delivered
  • 95 refurbishments and 55 alterations
  • 459 demolitions, with 97% re-use of materials
  • 9,951 single en-suite bedspaces provided

Aspire Defence were highly commended in the Environmental Impact Award Category in the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s inaugural Corporate Green Awards in 2008. 

For more information about Aspire Defence, please contact Sarah Rolfe, Corporate Communications Manager on 0845 168 2035 or mobile 07776 244774 or email,        


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