Final Soldiers Bedroom Module Arrives at Tidworth Garrison for Army Basing Programme

In December 2018, the final offsite construction building was finished our our Dorset-based factory specialising in manufacturing modular accommodation. The single living accommodation bedroom module for the Army Basing Programme (ABP) was manufactured ahead of soldiers relocating to Wiltshire this summer under the ABP.

A member of the British Army and our client Aspire Defence Capital Works (ADCW) were in attendance to witness the module be prepared at Rollalong, ready for transportation to its final location at Tidworth Garrison and on Thursday 21st March this module was installed.

Over £1.1 billion is being invested to create new accommodation and additional facilities across Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) and at Aldershot. This investment will support the needs of the modern Armed Forces of around 4,000 Service personnel due to return from Germany.

The final bedroom module being installed.
L-R: Steve Carey, Project Manager (TidNBul), ADCW. Allan Thomson, Chief Executive, ADL. Clive Wildman, ABP Programme Manager, ADL. Helen Knowles, Requirements Manager, Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Lt Col J E D McInally, Deputy Garrison Commander, CO GSU and SO1 GMT. Laurie Garside, Rollalong Project Manager. Mark Preedy, Rollalong Site Manager. Clive Harris, Rollalong Construction Manager. Scott Sykes, Rollalong Head of Construction.

Offsite Construction For Bedroom Module

Since offsite construction began in 2016, there has been major investment in modern, en suite single living accommodation (SLA), to ensure that soldiers live in the best possible environments. Rollalong have supported the project by simplifying the manufacturing and installation process to create repeatable and identical buildings which were erected in our factory in excess of 20 modules per week.

Rollalong modular buildings stack, and the buildings provided for the ABP are 3 storeys high with a pitched roof – effectively an apartment block. Bedroom module’s provided, included fixed furniture: wardrobe, drawers, cupboards and a desk. Lighting is provided by low-energy LED lighting and heating is via a wet central heating system.

The provision of SLA is a critical construction activity within the overall ABP programme for SPTA. Around 2,400 bed spaces have been delivered by ADCW, contracting to Rollalong.

Off-site modular accommodation is efficient, cost-effective and involves high-spec methods of technical construction. The SLA manufacturing process for ABP has required a staggering 6.3 million nails, 37,000 sheets of steel and 192,000 sheets of plasterboard. On completion, each module has been transported fifty miles by lorry to Army garrisons in Wiltshire and Hampshire, where they are installed on site by Rollalong’s expert team working with ADCW.

Steve Chivers, Managing Director of Rollalong, added:

“We are very proud to have played a key role in the ABP programme. Our success is recognition of the tremendous work that the entire team at Rollalong puts in to deliver the best service to our clients, to ensure the programme stays on track and to deliver the high standard of accommodation that soldiers need and deserve.

Significant Milestone

Mark Duddy, Army Basing Programme Director, said:

“It is fantastic to see this final module take its place in the last block of new single living accommodation at Tidworth Garrison. It is testament to the excellent working partnerships at all levels of this project that the required bed space provision has been delivered on time, ready for soldiers rebasing from Germany and within the UK in just a few months’ time.”

Paul Dempster, Managing Director, ADCW, said:

“I am delighted that we have reached this significant milestone in the delivery of our construction for the Army Basing Programme. The excellent working relationships we have with Rollalong and all members of our supply chain, both on and off site, are benefitting the local economy and will ensure that we deliver the high-quality, purpose-built accommodation required to support military capability and make 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.

More information on December’s last bedroom module manufacturing event: 

Module being transported