NG Bailey has been awarded a contract with the Ministry of Defence, to provide mechanical and electrical services to the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Burghfield, in Berkshire.
The company’s specialist engineering division will provide a multi-discipline, integrated M&E installation to two main buildings and a number of smaller support buildings within the highly secure environment.
The largest of these buildings accounts for 80 per cent of the project value, the total of which has not been disclosed, and comprises a substantial re-enforced cellular concrete structure of 3.5 acres plan area, built with 65,000 cu m of concrete and thousands of tonnes of steel.
The Atomic Weapons Establishment will be protected by a network of 38m-tall catenary towers and interlaced lightning conductors.
An energy centre forms part of the second largest building which will be completed earlier than the rest of the project and will be maintained operational under an agreement with the facilities services company pending completion of and integration with the rest of the project.
Prefabrication will also be a feature of the works with the contractor set to use a significant proportion of prefabricated materials including a packaged plantroom supplied by the company’s offsite manufacture division and extensive large bore heavy weight steel pipework.
NG Bailey will play the leading role in the co-ordination of all services throughout the project’s buildings employing a comprehensive 3D model to support this process with all contractors set to feed into the process.