Defence College, MOD Lyneham
Client: Hercules – BalfourBeatty and Kier Construction JV
Value: circa £16,500,000
Form of Contract: MOD Tailored DEF COM Contract
Dates: June 2014 – September 2016
- Construction of foundations and installation of floor slabs for traditional and modular construction
- Installation of 10.2km of foul and surface water drainage systems
- Managed £5.73M sub-contract package
- Zero disposal with concrete hardstandings recycled into new building construction
- Installation of 1240m2 of block paving, 3km of kerbing, 16km of flat top edgings and 1,000m2 of grasscrete
Project Hercules was a joint venture between Balfour Beatty and Kier Construction, contracted to the first phase of the £121M works to convert the former RAF Lyneham Airbase in Wiltshire to the new joint services (Army, Royal Navy and Royal Airforce) Defence College of Technical Training. The works were procured by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.
The scheme create single-living accommodation for military trainees with purpose built enhanced training facilities and a museum for the Corps of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) who are head quartered at MOD Lyneham.
As the appointed civil engineering contractor, MJ Church constructed the foundations, installed internal foul and external storm drainage and walkways for 12 new modular construction single-living accommodation blocks; the traditional construction method teaching facility building; museum for the Corps of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers; a dining block and three large workshops in addition to modifying five existing hangars with strengthened power-floated floors to create additional office space.
The project also included the construction of purpose-built training facilities including a large outdoor training area; marching routes; a parade ground; a shooting range complete with 2.5m Hesco Armor barriers; off road tank tracks; concrete tank roads; a tank washing station; an assault course and vehicle recovery training facilities along with connecting roads and pathways around the site.
MJ Church worked with a specialist concrete break out company to remove the existing runways and utilised MJ Church mobile on-site equipment to crush and screen the material to a 6F5 specification. This material was then reused back on the site within road, building and training facility foundations, meeting the clients target of zero disposal off site.