Skanska has won a £259m contract with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to redevelop a British Army vehicle storage and maintenance facility in Gloucestershire.
The contractor will deliver the construction, along with the mechanical and electrical engineering services of new storage buildings, workshops and an office at the site located in Ashchurch, Tewkesbury.
A total of 58 buildings will be demolished, while 12 new buildings are set be constructed. One existing facility will be refurbished along with general “site-wide” renewal of infrastructure.
It builds on the firm’s long-term partnership with the DIO and follows the successful delivery of the £250m Worthy Down Camp tri-forces training facility in Hampshire in 2021.
Skanska, which will work alongside Mace, has said that the work – set to be completed by 2027 – will modernise the facilities to “create a sustainable and safe way” of maintaining and protecting British Army equipment and vehicle fleet.
Modern construction methods will be used during the project that aim to reduce programme carbon emissions through offsite manufacture of key components that will be installed on site.
The project aims to achieve Defence Related Environmental Assessment Methodology (DREAM) Excellent – the defence estate environmental assessment standard.
Skanska UK executive vice president Katy Dowding said: “We’re delighted to continue supporting modernisation of the defence estate following completion of Worthy Down in 2021, so we’re excited to help transform this site to protect and maintain this vital asset for the army.”
Managing director for Skanska UK’s construction arm Steve Holbrook said: “We’re also proud to continue to help drive greener solutions as part of this complex project and plan to make significant use of modern methods of construction to drive down carbon emissions.”
The vehicle storage support programme (VSSP) will redevelop the army’s vehicle storage site, which is also used for training operations – ensuring the fleet’s “operational readiness” and minimising the need for vehicle maintenance.
Demolition work will begin in September, enabling regeneration of the site by providing new infrastructure and updates to existing buildings. Once complete, the Ashchurch site will provide Controlled Humidity Environment (CHE) storage for 4,100 vehicles.
Up to 400 people will be employed by the project, including opportunities for local people, offering a range of jobs through demolition, groundworks, structural steelwork and scaffolding. The project will also support 10 apprenticeships.
Senior responsible owner for VSSP Belinda Lunn said: “We are very excited to be working with Skanska to deliver this project which will bring the Ashchurch site back up to full operating capability.
“Whilst the majority of the army’s vehicle fleet is either on or training for operations, a sizeable fleet is centrally stored to ensure that they are ready to deploy when required.
“VSSP will redevelop this centralised facility and deliver a modern, sustainable storage solution that ensures operational readiness of the army’s vehicles by minimising the need for maintenance.”