New Zealand Farm Camp
The old New Zealand Camp dated back to the World War II and was used as an air ministry location, was made up predominantly of single storey wooden buildings. The camp had not been in use for some years and the buildings had fallen into serious disrepair.
Investment saw 12 buildings demolished and replaced with 11 multi-functional structures, known as ‘stone tents’. As well as removing existing buildings and constructing new ones, the project has
The new facilities will provide a modern, multi-purpose training camp that can be used as a Forward Operating Base or to replicate a terrorist camp, refugee camp and a Non-Governmental Organisation Base, or as part of a complex manoeuvre environment. It will also provide an exercise base for troops training in the local area.
Our works included:
- New build of main training facility, minor refurbishment to smaller outbuildings. 6 JCBs and an 80 ton crane with a 60m boom arm were used to get the new roofs in place.
- 48,000m2 of concrete blocks were used with 1,600m3 of concrete being laid in the construction of the new buildings and nearly 4,000 m3 of spoil being excavated from site.
- Improving the surrounding infrastructure with upgraded tracks and hardstandings to support the military vehicles such as Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks and Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles.
- Street lighting has also been provided with provision for military personnel to remotely plug in to a Field Electrical Power Supply (FEPS) generator.
The project presented many challenges which we needed to overcome, including communication with site. With numerous military exercises taking place at any one time, civilian phone signals are often blocked. At times there was no email and very limited phone coverage for several days, an issue which we mitigated by making the most of all available networks.
The building designs, although appearing reasonably straight forward as concrete block shells, are in parts complex. Many of the buildings have falls built into suspended slab floors to assist with water drainage and these had to be incorporated into some of the interlinking tunnels between the buildings.
Salisbury Plain in parts is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is also of archaeological importance. Throughout the early stages of the works during excavation, all operations took place under the watchful eye of a site based archaeologist. Several stoppages were recorded and required further careful investigation. Ultimately, nothing of particular importance was found.
The project was completed on time to budget.
SWH had a positive, professional and enthusiastic approach from the start of the project and this was maintained throughout. The team worked well to solve problems that always arise during the construction phase of projects of this magnitude. SWH provided a positive contribution as the project matured, ensuring information was presented in a timely manner to other members of the team.
Clive Paxman, Project Manager, Landmarc support services
Client: Landmarc Solutions
Contract Value: £2.2million
Year completed: 2016