The Challenge:

Following the closure of RAF Lyneham as an active station, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) looked to redevelop the site as a world-class training establishment for the Defence Technical Training Change Programme’s Army’s Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).

This major project involved the construction and refurbishment of 83 assets, as well as a site-wide upgrade of the existing utilities network across a 1,200-acre site, within a tight 18-month programme.

At peak, there were 1,400 operatives overseen by 120 management staff on site, all required to complete security vetting processes for the secure site. Logistics, traffic management and reducing the amount of labour required was therefore crucial for the efficient and safe functioning of the development. Weekly meetings were planned to establish the following week’s traffic management plan. The meetings were attended by our safety department and all subcontractors, peaking at around 30 subcontractors, from utilities and cable companies to our modular unit supplier.

The Solution:

The project’s scope included the build and refurbishment of a wealth of facilities, including accommodation for trainees, classrooms, training suites and outdoor apparatus. Further works included the refurbishing of offices, including the sergeants’ and officers’ mess, the construction of a medical and dental centre, gymnasium and outdoor sports facilities. Finally, the old RAF officer’s mess was refurbished to house the REME Museum to preserve the heritage of the Corps.

The team selected a modular approach to provide single living accommodation for trainees, with a total of 1,600 new bedrooms across 20 buildings, plus communal rooms and entrance foyers. The solution comprised self-supporting lightweight steel frame modules, designed to carry and transfer vertical loads. Specified to the equivalent standard of a three-star hotel, each new individual bedroom unit included a wardrobe, desk, lighting and power fittings, en-suite shower room and curtains. Each room was 90% pre-fitted, in a low-risk and controlled environment, before it arrived on site. 3D modelling was used to create structural details for factory manufacture and to co-ordinate with the M&E design.

The Impact:

The project was completed in 93 weeks, involving a supply chain of over 40 local companies and employing over 1,400 people at its peak. Modular construction commenced two months in advance of modules being delivered to site and the twelve accommodation buildings were handed over on time, ahead of the autumn intake of trainees.

During the project, the Hercules team worked with the forces’ Career Transition Partnership, which assists military personnel to secure permanent work on completion of their service.

Alongside the training centre, the new REME Museum opened in 2017, preserving the history and heritage of the Corps for the public alongside serving military to enjoy.

Due to the success of the project, Kier has since been contacted to provide a further 296 modular rooms over five blocks at Lyneham, due for completion in 2020.

" MoD Lyneham will be a fantastic place to train our military personnel. The new facilities will enable the REME to come together in one location. We’re all proud of the contribution we’re making to the Armed Forces – DIO’s purpose is to support the armed forces by providing what they need to live, work and train and this project ticks all three boxes in one development. "
DIO Director of Projects and Programme Delivery

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