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Defence School for Transport (DST) Leconfield – NetCAP Plus
- Two Net Zero carbon multi-occupancy buildings, delivered by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) for the Army, contracting to Reds10, to accommodate students completing short courses at DST.
- Built offsite in just nine months, the blocks provide 112 bedspaces across two-to-three-person rooms, alongside ablutions, drying and utility rooms.
- The buildings include sustainability features, such as rooftop solar panels, air source heat pumps and heat recovery systems, supporting the Army’s contribution to UK Government targets for Net Zero.
- SMART building technology in both buildings will provide detailed information on their energy usage, to better understand emerging trends and lead to increased efficiency.
- The first Reds10 buildings to implement Reds10’s low carbon volumetric CTM-compliant external wall system.
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The Defence School of Transport (DST) Leconfield in East Yorkshire is the largest residential driver training school in the world, providing driver and transport management training to military personnel from the Army, RAF and Royal Marines, as well as support to global operations. The new infrastructure, which was completed in just nine months, offers modern, high quality, convenient accommodation for military personnel completing short courses at DST, while supporting Net Zero targets for Defence.
The buildings comprise 112 bedspaces across two-to-three person rooms, alongside ablutions, drying and utility rooms. The new accommodation will offer an increased level of comfort and convenience for personnel undertaking short courses at DST Leconfield: they will no longer need to book hotels off-site but can stay on camp with their peers, enhancing the overall student experience and saving the Army money on temporary accommodation. All while supporting Net Zero targets for Defence.
The Army has a strong programme for delivering much improved and sustainable infrastructure on the training estate through the multi-award-winning NetCAP (Net Zero Carbon Accommodation Programme) provision. Both buildings are Net Zero in occupation and incorporate sustainable features such as rooftop solar panels, air source heat pumps, under floor heating and heat recovery systems in the showers and drying rooms.
The buildings are fitted with Reds10’s SMART building technology, which provides detailed information on energy usage to better understand emerging trends and lead to increased efficiency.
Using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), the project achieved rapid in-year delivery, completing in just nine months from instruction to delivery. The two Net Zero accommodation blocks arrived on site in two phases and 90% complete, with most of the construction and fit-out of 36 modules having taken place at Reds10’s factory in Driffield, East Yorkshire, just 10 miles away from DST Leconfield.
Proximity of the Reds10 factory provided a great opportunity for delegates to visit the factory and learn about the MMC process. It also enabled apprentices usually employed in the Reds10 factory to regularly travel the short distance to DST and engage in onsite works: a rare opportunity for the next generation entering construction.
The new accommodation blocks at DST Leconfield are also the first buildings to implement Reds10’s low carbon volumetric external wall system, which is Counter-Terrorism Measure (CTM)-compliant without the use of the usual methods of 3mm steel or extra-thick brick walls.
The Net Zero carbon accommodation was formally opened in June 2023. Read more here.
Following the swift and successful completion of the accommodation at DST Leconfield, the Army is exploring opportunities to make use of these innovative buildings at other sites.
“Enhancing the Defence estate with new infrastructure offers significant opportunities to support our people while protecting the environments in which they live, work and train. The delivery of modern, sustainable accommodation at DST Leconfield is an important step on the path to Net Zero for the Army and wider Defence.”
“We are delighted that these new buildings are now ready for occupation. The rooms have been finished to an exceptional standard and will provide improved comfort and convenience for military personnel who undertake short courses here at DST Leconfield.”
“I am delighted to open this sustainable short course accommodation for DST Leconfield, which has been delivered as part of our expansive and ongoing investment to enhance living conditions across the Army estate. I have been very impressed not only by the speed of delivery of these buildings, but by the high-quality finish of the interior, which demonstrates the Army’s enduring commitment to provide the infrastructure that our people need and deserve.”
“I am hugely grateful to the project team, DST Leconfield and Reds10 for their efforts to ensure the prompt and successful delivery of this project for military personnel. The short timeframe in which this project was completed demonstrates the proven potential of modular construction, as an exemplary solution to meet the Army’s requirement, achieve sustainable efficiencies and to deliver value for money for Defence.”