Successful completion of Phase 1 of the single living
accommodation project at Portsmouth Naval Base led to WGI's
retention within the original design team, when Balfour Beatty
negotiated the contract for the second phase.
This phase entailed the fast-track delivery of 300 self-contained
single rooms with en suite facilities. The site suffered from a
restricted footprint with adjacent car parking, giving rise to
security concerns - a challenge which was required to be addressed
in the design. In common with Phase 1, construction had to be
phased and controlled to minimise any impact on the security and
functionality of the 24/7 operational base.
Planning approval was obtained by WGI very quickly - including
engagement with and approval by local conservation groups due to
the project's historic setting.
The innovative, eight-storey block again made use of extensive
prefabrication techniques - this time to bathrooms, plant rooms,
services ladders and cladding. This enabled early occupation by the
MoD, and car parking was retained on a very limited site
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