Amey is committed to supporting the MOD’s Defence Rationalisation Programme which provides a plan for a smaller, but significantly better Defence Estate to meet the changing needs of the UK’s Armed Forces. Part of this plan is to identify empty (long-term void) Service family properties that no longer meet the Governments Decent Homes Standard of being in ‘reasonable repair’. The plan aims to reduce the number of empty properties by almost 4000 over a period of 5 years through a combination of selected disposals, lease terminations, demolitions and sub-letting.
At Helensburgh, in Scotland, Amey is working closely with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) Accommodation, to prepare for the demolition of 80 Service family homes that are situated in four blocks of 20 maisonettes. These homes are aged, damp and no longer fit for purpose and this project will free up the land for re-development and provide income for the MOD to re-invest back into Defence.
Amey’s Project Manager, Nuno Dos Santos, said “These properties have stood empty for some time and fallen into disrepair, being far too costly to refurbish. Demolishing them will not only reduce the amount of empty and unsightly properties on the Estate but align with DIO’s commitment not to allocate sub-standard properties to Service families.”
Any demolition of buildings on the MOD estate can be worrying for the families who live there so Amey teams hosted an open day for Naval families to attend and see first-hand exactly how the project, due to commence in late August, will be delivered. Attendance was excellent and families were given the opportunity to speak to senior representatives from Amey, the DIO and our supply chain partner and demolition experts, JCJ Group.
To add a little ‘extra’ to the event, JCJ Group brought along an interactive, demolition simulator which gave both parents and their children the chance to experience a real demolition on screen, complete with all the special effects! In addition, a Q&A forum was opened up via the Royal Navy Royal Marines Welfare (RNRMW) Facebook for families to message in any concerns or questions they might have regarding the works. This has worked so well that it will continue to be available to all families throughout the project.
Helen McGinley, DIO’s Housing Estate Manager North said “DIO Accommodation are delighted that the culmination of collaborative working and communication across a range of stakeholders including RN Clyde, Amey and the wider community has allowed this demolition project to come to fruition. This project links to the Void Reduction Plan and importantly, listening to the needs of Service personnel, ensuring funds are spend on improving stock and rationalisation of the Service Family Accommodation estate.”
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