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Tata Steel Living Solutions (formerly Corus Living Solutions), a volumetric modular building system supplier, has-been sub-contracted for the design, supply and erection of fully factory fitted-out steel-framed accommodation modules for Project Allenby/Connaught managed by Aspire Defence. Tata will supply in total over one hundred and fifty-five buildings between 2006 and 2012 across six sites. The company is part of the Tata Steel Group, the world's fifth largest steel producer.
Each building is designed 3-storey high and has fifty-one room modules. It comprises of 36 en-suite bedroom Junior Ranks Single Living Accommodation flats, 6 utility rooms, 6 communal rooms and 3 baggage rooms with M&E functionality to the service riser. In addition, three staircase modules are supplied by Bourne Steel, of Poole. The ‘cuboid’ formed by the erected finished room modules is constructed by Tata, with the traditional roof and a variety of exterior brick and render finishes provided by others. Erection time on site has been reduced from 14 to 4 days since first delivery in Oct 2006.
The finished modules have been manufactured at Tata’s site in Shotton, North Wales on a £5m semi-automated line with an installed capacity for 4500 units per annum. Tata deployed advanced manufacturing assembly line philosophy and continuous improvement techniques to deliver high dimensional and finish qualities, economy of scale and project savings. The Tata Health & Safety philosophy enabled the business to achieve a high level of performance both in its factory and its site operations.
Although the production line has now ceased manufacture, the modules will continue to be delivered and erected on-site until early 2012 as per the contract.
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