Dinton Activity Center
2 May 2020
Imperial War Museum
31 March 2021

Net Carbon Accommodation Programme (NetCAP)

Project Details

  • Over 70 carbon efficient single and double-storey accommodation blocks, providing more than 3,900 bed spaces, are being delivered as part of Net-Zero Carbon Accommodation Programme (NetCAP) across the UK Defence Training Estate
  • The programme prototype at Westdown Camp has an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) just 12 points from achieving net zero, thanks to air source heat pumps and rooftop solar panels
  • Using lessons learned from Westdown Camp, the second site in the programme (Nesscliff Training Area) has improved on this with an EPC rating of -5, meaning its three buildings generate power for the site, reducing electricity costs
  • Accommodation delivered to sites following this (Castlemartin Training Area in Pembrokshire, Brunswick Training Camp in Surrey and further buildings at Westdown Camp) have achieved EPC ratings of -7, -9 and -10 respectively
  • SMART building technology installed in each of the NetCAP buildings provides detailed information on their energy usage, feeding directly into subsequent building design and specifications
  • All buildings have achieved Defence Related Environmental Assessment Methodology (DREAM) ‘Excellent’ ratings
  • 33% reduction in embodied carbon between the Westdown Camp prototype and Nesscliff Training Area
  • Total reduction in embodied carbon (tCO2) of some 130 tonnes per building, meaning a total of 9,100 tonnes of carbon across the current programme
  • The manufacture and installation of the single block at Westdown Camp took just 15 weeks
  • Using lessons learned the timeline was reduced to just 13 weeks for three buildings at Nesscliff Training Area and all subsequent buildings
  • Work on the Westdown Camp prototype building recognised at MoD's 2020 Sanctuary Awards
  • The NetCAP programme won 2021's Infrastructure Project of the Year at the prestigious UK National Go Awards and MOD's Sanctuary awards

Soldiers using Westdown Camp and Nesscliff Training Areas were the first to benefit from new carbon efficient accommodation, delivered as part of the Net-Zero Carbon Accommodation Programme (NetCAP).

Once complete, we will have installed over 70 carbon efficient accommodation blocks and provided more than 3,900 bed spaces across the UK Defence Training Estate as part of NetCAP.

The prototype:

Working alongside the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and Landmarc Support Services, Westdown Camp on Salisbury Plain was the first to receive the new accommodation. The modern facility has an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), just 12 points from achieving net zero, thanks to air source pumps and rooftop solar panels. This prototype was improved on at the second site, Nesscliff Training Area in Shropshire, where three accommodation blocks boast an EPC rating of -5. This means the buildings generate power for the site, reducing electricity costs.

The buildings range in size as required, typically providing up to 46 bed-spaces each, which can be subdivided as needed. This means that different military units can be accommodated within the block together, while also improving the overall experience for personnel.

Reds10 are delivering all 40 accommodation blocks using offsite construction, building units in our factory before transporting to site.

Our work on the prototype building was recognised at the Ministry of Defence 2020 Sanctuary Awards.

Watch a video from the opening of the Westdown Camp prototype below:

Subsequent accommodation blocks:

Thanks to our expertise in modular construction, we were able to reduce the time needed for manufacture and installation from 15 weeks for one accommodation block at the Westdown Camp prototype to just 13 weeks for three blocks at Nesscliff Training Area, and subsequent buildings.

Following Nesscliff Training Area, Castlemartin Training Area in Pembrokeshire, Brunswick Training Camp in Surrey and further buildings at Westdown Camp achieved EPC ratings of -7, -9 and -10 respectively.

The buildings are also equipped with SMART building technology, which optimises energy use and provides data for improvements in the design and specification of subsequent modular constructions in the programme. Lessons identified following the installation of the Westdown Camp block have not only meant that Reds10 delivered the Nesscliff buildings as net zero, but also allowed for 33% reduction of embodied carbon compared to Westdown Camp. So far, the total reduction in embodied carbon (tCO2) has some 130 tonnes per building, which is over 9,100 tonnes across the programme.

Moreover, we were also able to reduce disruption to the working training camps and the project’s carbon footprint and support local economies by sourcing labour locally to each site, where needed.

The programme also includes several double-storey buildings, the first of which were installed at Brunswick Training Camp in Surrey. These buildings, which allow for 104 bed spaces still remain carbon negative.

Boosting environmental performance:
The DIO wanted to boost environmental performance not only in construction, but for the ongoing lifecycle of the buildings, so a variety of innovative green measures have been implemented to ensure long-term operational efficiency. These include:

  • solar panels on the roof, air source heat pumps and a heat recovery system in the showers and drying rooms. This means the buildings will be able to generate power for the site, reducing electricity costs.
  • implementation of a rainwater harvesting system, whereby greatly reducing water consumption within the buildings and turns the British weather to our advantage.

Industry recognition:
The programme won Infrastructure of the Year at the prestigious UK National Government Opportunities (GO) Awards and MOD's Sanctuary Awards in 2021 and has been shortlisted for several awards in 2022.

Lt Gen Richard Nugee, MOD Climate Change and Sustainability Lead, Opens accommodation in Nesscliff

  • Mike Green, Chief Executive
    “The new accommodation being delivered by DIO and its partners at Imjin Barracks reflects DIO’s continuing commitment to providing the best possible accommodation for the Armed Forces.”
    Mike Green, Chief Executive
    Defence Infrastructure Organisation
  • Major General Richard Clements CBE
    “It is excellent to see the result of significant investment in new modern accommodation for Imjin Barracks, as part of the enduring commitment across Defence to enhance living conditions for our people." “I am delighted that this building is now ready for occupation. The facilities and interior have been completed to an impressive standard and the design will contribute to local efforts to reduce the Army’s carbon footprint.”
    Major General Richard Clements CBE
    Director of Army Basing and Infrastructure
  • Phil Cook, Defence Sector Lead & Director
    “It has been a pleasure to work on this first SLA alongside DIO, the British Army, Arcadis and the rest of the project team, improving the lived experience for Armed Forces personnel. Thanks to true collaboration and agility throughout the project team, we have been able to deliver a SMART, sustainable space which reflects the way its occupants live and work in today’s modern society.”
    Phil Cook, Defence Sector Lead & Director
  • Colonel Phil Cook
    “This is a big project for us and it’s fantastic that this investment is allowing us to do something which will make a real positive change for personnel training on our sites.”
    Colonel Phil Cook
    UK Defence Training Estate
  • Brigadier Jonathan Bartholomew
    “DIO supports our Armed Forces by providing what they need to live, work and train. Working closely with our industry partner, Landmarc, and Reds10 we are proud to have delivered the first new accommodation blocks on time and during the current climate. These new buildings are modern, flexible and efficient and will support troops on exercise, providing them with the high-quality accommodation that they expect and deserve.”
    Brigadier Jonathan Bartholomew
    DIO’s Head of Overseas and Training Region
  • Mark Neill, Managing Director
    “The welfare of the troops that use the estate is our top priority and the accommodation facilities are a key contributor in delivering the best possible training experience. We are therefore delighted to work with DIO and Reds10 to deliver a programme that will not only support the government’s commitment to improving living accommodation for our Armed Forces but will also provide a highly energy efficient solution that will help DIO meet its long-term carbon reduction commitments.”
    Mark Neill, Managing Director
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