This month we celebrated the delivery and installation of the final module in the £100m Army Basing Programme in partnership with Aspire Defence, which will provide housing for British Army personnel returning to the UK from Germany.
The contract, to manufacture 2,427 en suite bedrooms within 38 Junior Ranks Single Living Accommodation (JRSLA) and 13 Officer Single Living Accommodation (OSLA) buildings, was awarded in December 2015 and work began on the initial design concepts in January the following year.
The programme, which is due to be complete in June 2020, will result in 52 new housing blocks made up of 1,521 Rollalong-made modules at garrisons across Aldershot and Salisbury Plain including: Bulford, Larkhill, Perham Down and Tidworth.
We are particularly proud of this achievement, as we were appointed sole supplier of the single living accommodation (SLA) element and we were able to call upon many years’ experience of MOD projects to help us successfully deliver this prestigious contract.
Rollalong Managing Director, Steve Chivers, said: “We are very proud to have played a key role in the Army Basing Programme.
“Our success is recognition of the tremendous work that the entire team puts into delivering the best service to our clients, to ensure programmes like this stay on track and deliver the high standard of accommodation that soldiers need and deserve.”
The modules vary in size, but a typical bedroom module comprising two-bedrooms, an
en-suite and connecting corridor, is around 12.5 metres by 3.8 metres by 3.0 metres.
Bedrooms include fixed wardrobes, drawers, cupboards and a desk, while low-energy LED lighting illuminates the space and heating is provided via a wet central heating system.
All mechanical and electrical services have been installed in the factory during construction, and once delivered to site, the modules are connected to the main plantroom once they are in-situ.
The main panels of our building have been independently fire tested to demonstrate compliance with building regulations and are specifically designed for the MOD to be CTM compliant.
Paul Dempster, Managing Director of Aspire Defence Capital Works, added: “I am delighted that we have reached this significant milestone in the delivery of our construction.
“The excellent working relationship we have with Rollalong, both on and off-site, is benefitting the local economy and has ensured that we were able to deliver the high-quality, purpose-built accommodation required to support military capability and make soldiers’ lives better.”
The programme has already started winning awards, taking the trophy for Best Offsite Project of the Year at the Constructing Excellence South West Built Environment Awards in 2018 for the outstanding work carried out on Salisbury Plain.