Babcock Wins Prestigious MOD Sustainability Award

Mon, 22 October 2012

Babcock International Group’s Infrastructure business unit was awarded a Ministry of Defence (MOD) Sanctuary Award on 16 October 2012 for the Predannack Fire Training Facilities project in Cornwall. The Sanctuary Awards are held in recognition of both group and individual efforts undertaken to benefit wildlife, archaeology, environmental improvement or community awareness of conservation on or within MOD land in the UK or overseas.

Situated in a remote location in the middle of the West Lizard Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this unique project provided new Fire Training facilities for The Royal Naval School of Flight Deck Operations at Predannack Airfield, a satellite site to Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose. The site serves as a helicopter and fire fighting training facility and provides opportunities for military dry training and a base for 626 Squadron, Volunteer Gliding School. Formerly a World War II airfield the establishment covers an area over 350 hectares.

Due to the sensitive nature of the site sustainable technologies were incorporated to reduce the impact of the project on the surrounding environment, which included a prefabricated modular design to reduce waste, ensure minimal disruption to the site, limit construction site traffic and provide greater flexibility for the establishment.  A self-contained drainage system was installed to prevent any discharge into the SSSI. Water and electricity consumption was minimised by design, with water provided from a bore hole and a replacement high efficiency generator installed, charged by a solar panel, reducing the need to trench over long distances.

Presenting the Awards the Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, Minister of State for Defence Personnel Welfare and Veterans, said: "The Sanctuary and Energy Awards recognise work across the MOD estate that benefits wildlife, archaeology and environment. They celebrate people who not only protect our heritage and environment, but also collectively save the British taxpayer millions of pounds.”

Paul Matthews, Project Director for Babcock’s Infrastructure business in the South West, commented: “We are extremely proud of receiving this prestigious award on behalf of the Regional Prime Contract South West project team. Working in collaboration with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and the Royal Navy, our team worked hard to deliver this project on time and within budget, despite no mains water, sewage or power supply being available and the challenges associated with building on a SSSI.”

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