We are working on a project with the Defence Infrastructure Organsation (DIO) and supply chain partner Stewart & Shields Ltd on an upgrade project on our Scotland and Northern Ireland Regional Prime contract. The £2 million project was to refurbish the Drumfork Community Centre in Helensburgh to accommodate an increase of 1500 military personnel living in the area between now and 2032.
We have worked collaboratively with DIO in order to ensure the approval process ran smoothly and within budget. A value engineering exercise with DIO, ourselves and the Royal Navy was carried out in order to move this project to construction. Work started on the project recently and was funded by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC), which supports sailors, marines and their families. The refurbishment is due to finish in August and will serve as a new social hub for the Royal Navy and their families.
Refurbishments include a new pitched roof, replacing the existing flat roof, new windows and external doors with an insulated render system and landscaping. Internally there will be an area for a nursery and five multi-purpose function rooms that can be used for organised activities. All areas will also have their heating and electrical systems upgraded and will be finished with new decoration and floor coverings.
The centre will be opening later in the year following completion and is linked to the Strategic Delivery and Development Framework (SDDF) agreement. This is an agreement signed last year between the Royal Navy, the UK government and the Argyll and Bute Community Partnership to work together deliver for both Royal Navy families and local people.
The engagement of using a local contractor by ourselves has been warmly received by the Royal Navy and is seen as a boost for the local community. Captain Craig Mearns, Captain of HMS Neptune, said: “A huge amount of effort has been expended to get this exciting and important project to this stage. The SDDF agreement committed the signatories to work together to deliver infrastructure and opportunities for both Royal Navy families and local people to live, work and prosper together and the Drumfork project is a fantastic example of exactly that, and even more so given that the contract for the refurbishment work has been awarded to a local company.”