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Rydon wins £9.2m defence command building

Rydon has won a £9.2 million deal to build a new army HQ support command building under the Project Allenby/Connaught contract.

It is now on-site at Hammersley Barracks in Aldershot and is due to be completed in January 2014.

The Project Allenby/Connaught contract is the largest infrastructure PFI deal let by the MoD and was awarded to a joint venture between Carillion and KBR to deliver new build and refurbished accommodation for UK based soldiers and those returning from operations.

In the six years it has been in operation, more than 450 new and refurbished buildings have been constructed and more than 420 demolitions completed with 97 per cent re-use of material.

Rydon South-west regional director Paul Barber said: “Securing the Army HQ Support Command building is tremendous news for Rydon and testament to the standard of work for the MoD from our Bristol office.”

“Having delivered twenty buildings for Aspire Defence’s Allenby/Connaught contract, we look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship on this important scheme.”

The building will contain 5,100 sq m of office space across three floors, which are connected by two atria and features a street-like circulation spine.

The two main entrances will be linked internally by circulation space through the ground floor forming a ‘street’ accessing the atrium spaces. The floors will be completely open to the atrium affording views across the office areas.

External features include a slate tile roof, masonry envelope, curtain walling aluminium windows and a Brise Soleil system. Internal finishes include porcelain floor tiling and decorative wall panels to the entrance atria with glazed roofs.

The ventilation to the perimeter cellular offices and meeting rooms will be managed solely through the windows and automated vents. External air-source heat pumps will provide the heating via under floor heating.

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