Some of the new housing at Larkhill, built under the Army Basing Programme. [Crown Copyright/MOD2020]
At Bulford, Larkhill, Perham Down and Tidworth garrisons, photovoltaic panels cover 5,920m3 of roofing, potentially providing 508,798 kilowatt hours of electricity annually – enough to power 135 homes. Unused energy is exported to the garrison’s private networks for reuse in other buildings. Water leakage rates have been reduced and water efficient fittings have been incorporated to buildings including, low flush toilets and sustainable drainage systems.
Waste generation has also been minimised across the Army’s estate with 100% of non-hazardous demolition waste crushed and reused on-site for building construction. At Perham Down, around 15,000m3 of excavated material was recently re-used to level new sports pitches. This avoided around 3,000 lorry journeys to transport material to local landfill.
Waste at Worthy Down
An aerial view of work underway at Worthy Down [Crown Copyright/MOD2016]
Project Wellesley is creating world-class tri-service training facilities for military personnel at Worthy Down and Mindenhurst, a residential development at the former Princess Royal Barracks at Deepcut. Since February 2020, the work at Worthy Down has diverted 5850m3 of waste from landfill to construction. Our industry partner, Skanska, has also re-used 2500m3 of construction waste for temporary roads on the site.
Re-constructing the Northern Ammunition Jetty
The jetty will be used by the Royal Navy's existing vessels and is being refurbished to make it suitable for the new aircraft carriers [Crown Copyright/MOD2020]
The Northern Ammunition Jetty at Loch Lomond, Scotland has recycled over 1,012 tonnes of waste and materials have been re-used to re-construct the jetty. Waste is transported on barges to recycling facilities on the Clyde reducing the amount of waste moved by road.
Reducing construction materials at HMNB Clyde
The Submarine Escape, Rescue Abandonment and Survival Project at HMNB Clyde has an earth retaining wall running the length of the site, which was constructed using site-won material. This helped to reduce the amount of materials needed for the construction of the wall.
Producing engineering materials from waste at RAF Marham
Project Anvil was a major infrastructure project to improve existing facilities at RAF Marham ahead of the arrival of the F-35B Lightning aircraft. The project involved crushing and processing excavated materials to produce engineering materials. It also diverted 100% of excavated materials from landfill, with 320,000 tonnes being re-used on-site.
An RAF F-35B flying over RAF Marham. [Crown Copyright/MOD2016]
The MOD is committed to reducing waste and ensuring that from the start of every construction project, recycling and sustainability is considered. Keep an eye out on our blog for other projects where we’ve re-used and recycled materials.