6 December 2017
The Army Basing Programme has won Sustainable Project and Sustainable Business accolades at the Ministry of Defence’s Sanctuary Awards in London. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation, WYG, and other suppliers jointly received the award on 22nd November 2017 for our combined efforts to rebase Service personnel and their families from Germany, and within the UK, across Salisbury Plain.
Each year, the DIO hosts the prestigious Sanctuary Awards on behalf of the MOD to recognise projects protecting the environment on the defence estate. Andrew Fotherby, Divisional Director at WYG, attended the event to accept the award on WYG’s behalf.
The ABP tapped into several environmental issues, calling on our expertise within Ecology, Archaeology, Management Services, geo-Environment and more to develop the Salisbury Plain Masterplan, as well as obtain planning permissions and statutory approval.
The programme will rebase units from Germany and restructure the Army within the UK by 2020. Roughly 4,000 Service personnel and their families will move to the Salisbury Plain Training Area in 2019, and will be provided with living and technical accommodation as part of the programme. These include 2,500 bed spaces, 1,339 new Service family homes, and construction and refurbishment of nearly 250 buildings, such as offices, garages, workshops, and mess facilities.
Martin Brown, Principal Archaeologist at WYG, commented on the award: “The project represents a remarkable exercise in sustainable approaches to the new Service Family Accommodation, particularly in light of the complex archaeological issues, including some internationally significant remains. Our colleagues in Ecology have encountered similar challenges with designated landscapes and protected habitats and species.”
Jeff Davis, Associate Director, added: “It’s been a great project to work on, and teamwork has been essential to addressing the many challenges. We have been providing multi-disciplinary support to the DIO since the inception of the project and we are very pleased to see the project receive such prestigious awards.”
Sharing this award alongside suppliers and contractors like Aspire, Wessex Water, and Wessex Archaeology is a testament to our teamworking, not just within WYG, but with our outside partners. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with our partners as work on the ABP continues.