Army Basing Programme creates ‘greener’ garrisons
One of the key values of our business is ‘Zero Harm’.
This means not only ensuring safe working practices on our construction sites, but applying sustainable development principles across all aspects of our delivery for the Army Basing Programme (ABP).
At Tidworth, Bulford, Perham Down and Larkhill garrisons, photovoltaic panels now cover 5,920m2 of roofing on new buildings, providing potentially 508,798 kWhr (kilowatt hours) of electricity annually. Any unused energy is exported to the garrisons’ private networks for reuse in other buildings. We’ve also reduced water leakage rates and incorporated water efficient fittings to Army buildings, such as low flush toilets and sustainable drainage systems.
While electricity and water savings are being maximised, waste generation has been minimised: 100% of non-hazardous demolition waste is crushed and reused on site. At Perham Down, we applied the CL:AIRE Definition of Waste Code of Practice methodology (Goggle can tell you more!), to re-use around 15,000m3 of excavated material to level new sports pitches. This avoided approximately 3,000 lorry journeys to transport the material to landfill.
We continue to monitor our use of plastic, too: Rollalong, our supplier of soldiers’ modular accommodation, reuses packaging at our request, and single use plastics are banned. There’s also been a focus on helping wildlife to thrive. We’ve installed over 600 bat bricks, boxes and cavities in new buildings. Barn owl boxes, reptile refuges, a great crested newt habitat and an artificial badger sett have also been part of our conservation efforts, alongside extensive woodland enhancement and butterfly habitat improvements.
Since ABP construction began in 2016, we’ve worked closely with our client, Wiltshire Council, the Environment Agency, Natural England and Historic England. We’re extremely proud of our environmental achievements, which have contributed to the exceptional scores we’ve achieved under the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Our work was also shortlisted for two Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment sustainability impact awards.
As we create better environments for soldiers to live, work and train, we’re committed to caring for and enhancing the wider environment too.