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Posted - 24th March 23

ADSL Improves Energy Efficiency of Army Training Building in Warminster

A series of refurbishment works carried out on the Simulator Training building in Battlesbury Barracks, Warminster has sought to improve the energy efficiency of the building following the installation of roof-mounted Photovoltaic (PV) panels.

Initial discussions prior to commencement were focused on replacing the roof of the building which had suffered numerous leaks over the years.

However, additional Lifecycle works such as replacement of all the external doors, windows, and external cladding to match the new roof colour, were also carried out on the building.

The re-roof and reclad works helped to improve the thermal performance of the building and photovoltaic (PV) panels were also installed on the new roof to increase the energy efficiency of the building.

Despite contractors, Beard Construction, having to work around certain equipment which could not be moved out of the building during construction, the building was successfully handed over ahead of schedule in December 2022, following completion of the refurbishment works that began in February of the same year.

The addition of PV arrays on this training building is just one of several similar projects currently underway across the Project Allenby/Connaught (PAC) estate with the aim to improve energy efficiency across a number of key infrastructure on the estate.

Since being commissioned, the 142kWp installation has produced an estimated 19.2MWh of energy over the winter months, saving approximately 3,705kg of C02 which is the equivalent of planting 224 trees.

Speaking on the collaboration and hard work that came together towards this refurbishment, Project Delivery Manager, Brian Martin, who oversaw the delivery of the works said,

“This was a challenging build where Aspire Defence, the Army and our contractor Beard Construction, had to work closely to ensure it was delivered safely, to budget and on time ready for training to recommence”.

While ADSL Capital Projects Director, Richard Tindal, said,

“This project is another good example of Aspire Defence and its supply chain working collaboratively with the Army to improve the energy performance of a critical defence training facility”.

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