Walker Construction has completed a design and build project at Brompton Barracks for the Ministry of Defence.
The work comprised of a complete refurbishment to Building BR059 (Denison Block) at the Royal School of Military Engineering. The building was being used as a major training facility for engineers. Due to the nature of the training facility and the constant demand on the barracks, timescale and budgets were set and could not be altered in any way.
The site is located in a secure army barracks which is constantly in use by trainees, officers and family members. The refurbishing work was carried out to an existing three story CLASP type modular building that was built in the 1960s.
The building is steel frame with lightweight floors, timber partitions, with the external facade made of timber curtain walling with glazing and metal framed windows. The building was built using asbestos materials that required safe removal prior to any works being carried out. The contract was programmed for 12 months and did not over-run.
As the building was unoccupied during the works, we were able to carry out the removal of asbestos material, structural repairs to steel columns and concrete beams, the installation of the curtain walling and renewal of all mechanical and electrical services.
The contract was let under a JCT 2011 Design & Build, meaning we took ownership of the original architects design. The M&E design was supplied by sub-contractors. Particular requirements had to be met for this project due to the nature of this facility. Thermal modeling was carried out before, during and after the programme.
Due to the location of the building and the main access road around the site, a traffic management plan was put in place incorporating the installation of three way traffic lights for the duration of the project along with temporary and emergency walking routes.
In line with Walker Construction's collaborative working ethos, weekly progress meetings were undertaken whereby any issues, concerns or queries in relation to the programme of works or safety were highlighted and resolved.