Just before Christmas, Reds10 landed the first building modules for two new net zero carbon course accommodation blocks for Defence School of Transport (DST) at Normandy Barracks, Leconfield, East Yorkshire over a 48-hour period.
The DST was formed in 1996 as the Centre of Excellence for providing driver and transport management training to personnel from the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Marines. The school provides over 94 different course types to over 10,000 trainees from all three Services and to personnel from other Government departments. The size of operation makes DST the largest residential driver training school in the world.
The two new student accommodation buildings, which will provide 112 bedspaces across two to three-person rooms, alongside ablutions, drying and utility rooms, will be made up of a total of 36 modules, which will be transported from Reds10’s Yorkshire factory to site 90% complete. This allows for a 70% quicker onsite construction timeline and this significant reduction in disruption to an operational site. In fact, the project will take just nine months from instruction to handover.
Both buildings will be fitted with rooftop solar panels, air source heat pumps, under floor heating and heat recovery systems in the showers and drying rooms. Reds10’s SMART building technology system will be installed in each of the buildings and provide detailed information on their energy usage in order to understand trends and how the buildings are being used. These learnings will be fed across all camps with these accommodation blocks within half an hour, increasing efficiency of the buildings.
‘It’s great to see this project moving along so quickly. Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) allow us to be able to deliver the much-needed accommodation for the DST significantly quicker than we could have ever hoped for had we used a traditional construction method.‘
It’s great to see such rapid progress in the DST Leconfield Carbon Net Zero Student Accommodation project, realising the benefits of 3D offsite MMC to deliver high quality accommodation for our Service personnel. The DIO is committed to delivering infrastructure that enables the British Army to deliver against its strategic objectives, and this project is yet another example demonstrating DIO’s ability to respond to that demand’.
‘It is a pleasure to work alongside the DST and the DIO on this new accommodation. Using MMC has allowed us to really minimise disruption to an important site which will remain fully operational throughout our time there, providing a key service.‘
The second phase of units will arrive on site in early next week, with completion projected for March 2023.