Army accommodation design team stands down
A team of architects, engineers and consultants responsible for designing, procuring and planning soldiers’ accommodation has been formally thanked by the MOD and Army, for their work over more than a decade to transform defence infrastructure at Aldershot and garrisons across Salisbury Plain.
Since 2006, the design team from Aspire Defence Capital Works (ADCW) has delivered close to 500 modern, bespoke buildings, creating over 14,000 single en-suite bed spaces and ensuring soldiers live, work and train in the best possible environments.
The first phase of infrastructure improvements was completed to 2014 under Project Allenby/Connaught (PAC), which was set up to provide new and upgraded accommodation to supports the needs of the modern Army, while delivering value for money for the MOD.
From 2016, additional accommodation has been designed to support the Army Basing Programme (ABP), catering for British troops returning from Germany this summer and Units rebasing within the UK. Thanks to the ADCW team’s successful transition planning, the Army has been able to remain operational throughout both these complex build programmes.
To mark the end of the PAC and ABP design and pre-construction phases, a ceremony was held at Aldershot Garrison on Tuesday 16 April. Awards for long-service and partnership were presented to the ADCW team by Mark Duddy, ABP Programme Director, and Major General Richard Wardlaw OBE, Director Basing & Infrastructure.
Mr Duddy said:
“I am delighted to have an opportunity to extend formal thanks and recognition to this talented team. They have made an invaluable contribution to the success of the Project and the Army Basing Programme, ensuring Service personnel have access to the quality of living, working and technical accommodation that they need and deserve.”
Buildings completed behind the wire have included modular and steel frame single living and Mess accommodation for junior and officer ranks, regimental headquarters, technical workshops and garages, stores, dining and sports facilities. Works included hundreds of demolitions, extensions and alterations, and significant refurbishment of the military’s most historic buildings.
ADCW has also delivered facilities to benefit garrison towns, such as Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre, Warminster Community Centre and Tidworth Garrison Theatre.
Mark George, Pre-construction Director, ADCW, said:
“We are immensely proud of what the team has achieved throughout this Project. Our success is testament to the excellent working partnerships we have established with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and the British Army over the years. These buildings and estate will remain a positive legacy of our shared commitment to making soldiers’ lives better.”
The ABP was set up to deliver Army 2020 as part of the Government’s 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) commitments. The ABP construction programme is scheduled for completion by 2020, enabling all British Army units based in Germany to return to the UK by then, saving up to £240 million per year by 2022/23.