There is just under a year to go until around 4,000 soldiers relocate to the Salisbury Plain Training Area under the Army Basing Programme. Aspire remain on track to deliver the new single living and working accommodation required on garrisons, whilst continuing to invest in existing defence infrastructure to support the military’s operational effectiveness.
We’ve recently completed a major upgrade to one of the Army’s key training assets in Wiltshire. The Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (CATT) in Warminster, which uses state-of-the-art networked simulators to enable soldiers to train in a virtual environment, benefited from a £1.4m refurbishment throughout August and September.
The CATT is vast; over 300 tonnes of scaffolding had to be installed to enable access to its high ceiling. That’s more than 14 miles of scaffold boards and 20,000 metres of tubing, all fitted in just one week – the largest volume of scaffolding erected in the shortest timeframe for any of Aspire’s projects.
In addition, four lorry loads of plywood were delivered to the site, so that each simulator could be boarded up and protected during works. The timber has since been donated to the Ghurkhas for reuse.
Every simulator now has individual fire alarm and air-conditioning controls, enhancing the safety and comfort of soldiers during training. The installation of over 300 energy-efficient LEDs (totalling 21 miles of cable) will also create substantial savings, dramatically reducing the power bill for the building. Returning to the CATT after the summer break, our military customer will notice a real difference, thanks to improved lighting and ventilation throughout the facility.
This significant investment, delivered with Aspire Defence Services Ltd under Project Allenby/Connaught contract with the MOD, will ensure that the CATT remains a safe, compliant and economical asset for the Army, where soldiers can continue to gain vital operational skills.
Our client was looking for a turnkey solution to design, procure and build a facility for the Army Football Association Academy at Aldershot Garrison. Following a competitive Tender Jordan & Faber Ltd was selected as the winning bid.
The design brief was that the facility was to be of timber framed construction approx 10m x 15m, the internal layout was to include 1 office, 1 classroom, a disabled WC and 3 storerooms all to current UK building regulations and fire standards.
With the help of our design consultants and subcontractors we were able to complete the project within the contract period to the high standards demanded by our client without incident.
The scope of the works here was to convert this former dining area to be used as a cardiovascular/ weight training area at Tidworth Garrison. A full refurb of the interior was carried out and the scope of works was as follows:
Replaced existing mirrors with full length mirrors as well as fitting additional new mirrors
High impact rubber matting was installed
Two TV point were added as well as drinking point with bottle filling facility
Lighting throughout was upgraded. Electrical power dado/skirting conduit was added to the cardiovascular area.
What was previously a crockery wash room was removed and re-designed to include:
Two individual unisex shower and changing area
A room with 10 no lockers and 2 no slatted benches as a lobby area
Existing high level window was infilled to allow shower partition to be erected.
This particular project was completed in time and on budget resolving in a satisfied client.
This project was carried out in two phases. Phase one was the stripping out of all surfaces and removal of the Asbestos containing materials which was carried out by an ADSL approved licensed contractor under our supervision.
Phase 2 was to install new fixed tiered seating, suspended ceilings, lighting, audio visual equipment, acoustic walling and doors and new vinyl floor covering.
The vinyl Bayonet had to replicate the existing design. Our Subcontractor Floorings Frome was tasked with this as they were some 30 years earlier when the original floor was laid.
The project was completed on time and to very high standard.
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