Balfour Beatty was one of four parties invited to submit a
scheme and guaranteed maximum price for single living accommodation
for ratings both permanently and temporarily based at Portsmouth
Naval Base. Existing accommodation was in poor quality, high rise
dormitory blocks with up to ten men sharing each space. On winning
the bid, Balfour Beatty engaged WGI to assist in the planning
application submission and delivering the £35 million scheme in a
pain / gain incentivised contract format.
Challenges included delivering the 575 self-contained en suite
single rooms as quickly as possible on a very restricted site area
within a 24/7 operational base - with accompanying traffic
congestion and high levels of security. The project also had to be
phased to allow demolition and rebuilding in tandem.
Planning approval was achieved in a very limited timescale -
including engagement and approval by local conservation groups.
Widespread use of prefabricated and pre-delivery tested volumetric
double-room units minimised the impact on the base.
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