Construction has begun of the £13m single living accommodation project for soldiers at Imjin Barracks, a military installation situated near Innsworth in Gloucestershire, UK.

REDS10 is the project’s contractor, while Arcadis is serving as the technical service provider.

This project, procured by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) on behalf of The British Army, is expected to be completed in summer 2023.

It will provide 69 new single ensuite bedrooms, with re-designed living and kitchen/diner facilities.

The Imjin project is claimed to be the first in the new series of net-zero carbon constructions that is expected to enhance the standard of Single Living Accommodation (SLA) provided to service personnel.

The buildings are designed to improve and support the requirements of the military personnel.

British Army director for Basing & Infrastructure Major General Richard Clements said: “Imjin is the first site to benefit under the Army’s Single Living Accommodation Programme which will invest £1.2bn and deliver 8,500 SLA bedspaces over the next 10 years. This is in addition to the 8,000 SLA bedspaces being delivered by the Defence Estate Optimisation, Army Programme.

“Investing in accommodation and the lived experience for our Service personnel is an immediate priority. We have listened to our soldiers and taken on board feedback to ensure a better lived experience for our people.

“The SLA Programme will prioritise the modernisation of under-invested, core sites that are to be retained across the Army estate. It will focus on removing the last of the multi-occupancy rooms whilst continuing to renew the oldest accommodation on the estate, raising the average Single Living Accommodation condition from ‘fair’ to ‘good’.

The block is being constructed by REDS10 leveraging modern methods of construction (MMC). This implies that 90% of the work can be completed off site for faster delivery.

Furthermore, the accommodation is designed in a way to enable low energy usage. The building will feature solar panels, air source heat pumps for heating and hot water.

Its SMART building management system will help in understanding how the building is used via a multitude of sensor data. The system will help ensure that the building runs efficiently.
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Image: Director Basing and Infrastructure Major General Richard Clements was joined by Rob Vining from DIO and members of the REDS10 team to mark the beginning of construction. Credit: Crown copyright.