We recently worked with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) on a £1.3m project to build a new specialist facility for the 39 Engineer Regiment at Kinloss Barracks.
The specialist facility, incorporating a workshop area, ablutions, kitchen and landscaping, had to be designed to strict design parameters but we were still able to incorporate lots of sustainability initiatives while ensuring a modern environment for the Regiment to operate from.
The lighting used enabled the team to increase efficiency by 68% when comparing to the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) guidelines. In addition to this, zoning and automatic presence detection control was implemented to further reduce energy consumption, providing innovative solutions far beyond the stands required by both the CIBSE and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Heating is zoned with individual heaters in each space so that only areas in use will be heated. The Air Handling Unit has heat recovery, making it more efficient and that heat isn’t wasted and Green Guide A rated building elements have been incorporated such as external wall brick outer and inner layers, insulation and internal wall blockwork. In terms of water consumption, low flow toilets have also been installed.
Through the use of our preferred waste supplier, Reconomy, and the reuse of approximately 2100 tonnes of material on site, the project achieved a diversion from landfill rating of 99.95%, saving around £75,000 pounds for the MoD.
The contract started in May 2017 and completion was in January 2018. This new build project received a Defence Related Environmental Assessment Methodology (DREAM) Excellent Rating. DREAM is an environmental performance assessment tool developed by Defence Estates Environmental Science & Policy for defence building projects.
Regimental 2IC at Kinloss, Major Nick Hedgeley, said, “This is a brilliant new specialist facility; not only will it enable our people to do their jobs more effectively, but it will also provide them with a significantly enhanced experience while they are at work. That the project has achieved this, whist also exceeding all targets for increasing sustainability and decreasing the environmental impact. We are absolutely delighted with the results.”