This year marks 25 years since the Royal Gurkha Rifles was formed from four Gurkha Rifles Regiments and Amey teams at Shorncliffe Barracks, in our Regional Prime South East contract, were proud to support the resident 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (1RGR) as they celebrated this monumental milestone.
Preparations for this high profile event, which included a visit from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, began in June. Our team met weekly with colleagues from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and the Quartermaster, Maj Morgan Bridge, to check on progress and to highlight any concerns that needed to be addressed.
Our team ensured that all project work was completed before the event such as filling in the pot-holes on the main stretch of the road, and BJF, our supply chain partner, completed any urgent work that was needed prior to the visit. They also agreed, without hesitation, to be on 24 hour call-out in case of any emergencies.
His Royal Highness arrived at the event by helicopter and was welcomed with a Royal salute before handing out operational service medals and other awards. He then chatted with soldiers, their families and friends whilst the sound of the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas played out.
Colin Rawlins, Amey’s Service Delivery Area Manager said “Thanks to the work of both Amey and DIO, the event went without a hitch, although we did have a slight emergency in the morning when the power went down in one of the kitchens which almost put the VIP lunch in jeopardy but BJF quickly stepped in and repaired the fault. Our grounds maintenance team, Tivoli Ltd, also worked solidly in the run-up to the celebrations, ensuring all areas were up to the highest standard on the day.”
Maj Morgan Bridge PARA, Quartermaster, 1RGR, added “Just a few words to say thank you to everyone that made the visit of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales a resounding success. Without the hard work of Amey, their supply chain partners and Aramark staff, which was often at short notice, the event would not have been as successful. I hope that those staff who were able to spend some time at the event enjoyed it as much as those from the Battalion and their families. Once again many thanks and keep up the good work”.
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