MoD Lyneham win


Scott Brownrigg is lead designer for Project Hercules, a joint venture team between Balfour Beatty and Kier that has won the £121m contract to deliver a new Defence Technical Training base at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.  As part of the successful team, Scott Brownrigg will be responsible for completing the design of 53,000 sq m of new build and 73,000 sq m of existing building refurbishment.

Awarded by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which manages and maintains land and property on behalf of the MOD, the new college will provide training facilities in one location for all three Armed Forces - the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force - for the first time in the UK. It will provide a home for the Army’s Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).

The existing vacant air base will undergo complete regeneration with a new, central three-storey training building which will provide the heart of the training environment, together with a Medical and Dental Centre, Sport Centre, Sergeant Mess, various new workshops and other training buildings.  In addition 13 new single living accommodation buildings will be provided for 1,100 trainees. As part of the proposal 36 existing buildings will also be refurbished, including three hangars, which will be used for helicopter and tank training.

Jonathan Hill, Chairman at Scott Brownrigg said: “Our defence team has an excellent track record as lead designer on many of the UK’s most significant defence related building projects; they will be bringing their expertise and ability to deliver to this project. Our approach is to ensure the DIO are served well for the benefit of the armed forces which will use the buildings. We are very much looking forward to delivering this project with Kier and Balfour Beatty”.

Peter Møller, Defence Director at Scott Brownrigg said; ”Over the last decade our focus, through the projects we have delivered, has been on making soldiers’ lives better. We now have the opportunity to create the training environment that contributes so much to the expertise of our service personnel”.

Following the appointment Scott Brownrigg Planning is advising on the planning implications of various amendments and conditions on the project moving forward.

The first phase of the development is scheduled to start early next year, and will be completed by September 2015.  All new buildings will be delivered in BIM.