In late 2016 Defence Munitions were asked by the Inspector of Explosives at Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) to improve the storage of laden road trailers to protect from lightning. To do this six sites; Beith, Crombie, Longtown, Kineton, Plymouth and Gosport received funding to install a Defence Ordnance Safety Group compliant Lightning Protection System. Together with Defence Infrastructure Organisation, we have rolled this project out and are approaching successful completion of the programme at all six sites.

Working with our specialist contractor Lightning Protection Services we were able to accelerate the programme to meet MOD guidelines and the Inspector’s tight timescales at no extra cost. From a budget perspective it is great that the projects are to be completed within this financial year.

Mike Condron, DIO and Kenny Falconer, DE&S were very supportive in working with us to gain the necessary approvals in good time and supporting the projects at each depot. The value of the works came to circa £920k across the six site, which is being delivered against a firm price agreement.

The full programme of works are on track and assets are being handed back. Crombie and Longtown have finished and have been handed back. Beith is complete but the handover is still being arranged. Plymouth and Gosport have also been completed and Kineton will be finalised this week.

The lead Project Manager was Ian Sutherland from Rosyth. He was supported by Darren Upton, Michael Mitch, Ed Dunkley and Ifor Williams from across the UK. Everyone worked together to ensure this project was a success. Our Customer Service Director praised the project team, stating “this shows what can be achieved in a short space of time under real pressure with a collaborative approach, motivation and willingness to complete works to target“.