Landmarc Support Services (Landmarc) has been named Sustainable Business of the Year and winner of the Energy Award at the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Sanctuary Awards at a ceremony at MOD Main Building in Whitehall in London today. The company is also part of the project team that won the Heritage Award for excellent collaborative working with veterans from Operation Nightingale and Help 4 Heroes in the recovery of artefacts and the protection of Netheravon Barrow – a Scheduled Monument on Salisbury Plain.

L to R, Sustainability Manager Amanda Williams, Project Manager Mark Manning, Mark Lancaster MP presenting the Sustainable Business Award, Programme Manager John Softley and Training Area and Facilities Manager Frank Cann.

The Sanctuary Awards are held each year to recognise and encourage initiatives that benefit wildlife, archaeology, environmental improvement or community awareness of conservation on MOD property.

This year’s achievements recognise the close partnership between Landmarc and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to implement new energy efficiency upgrade projects at three camps in the East Region of the Defence training estate, helping to save costs and increase energy resilience for the future.

In order to achieve the maximum impact, buildings were targeted that were found to have the greatest heat losses and consumption of carbon intensive fuels. 83 accommodation and ablution buildings across Bodney, West Tofts and Beckingham Camps were identified and upgraded with a number of measures ranging from cleaner, more efficient sources of heating and hot water, including air source heat pumps, to more efficient boilers and radiators.

The buildings were also refurbished to improve their thermal envelope and fitted with more energy efficient water and lighting systems. On top of this innovative controls were put in place to enable the team to monitor and further save energy.

Overall the calculated savings for this project are 40,363kWh per year per building, giving a payback of around 7.5 years for the investment. For the 83 buildings across the three camps, this

gives a total saving of approximately 3,230,000kWh per year – the equivalent to around £296,000 per year in LPG costs.

The Award Board was greatly impressed by the project’s targeted but holistic approach to the energy and utility requirements of these rural training camps and the alignment with the MOD’s strategic objectives as articulated in the Act and Evolve: Sustainable MOD Strategy and Greening Government Commitments.

Mark Hill, Deputy Head of DIO Service Delivery, Energy, Utilities and Sustainability and Sanctuary award judge, said: “This energy management project is a perfect example of the MOD and its partners working together to create improvements that really do make a difference to our training estate.

“These measures may seem simple but the cost saving implications and the innovations that have been used can be used far and wide and the results are a clear indication of what can be achieved through collaborative working.”

Mark Manning, project manager at Landmarc, concluded: “We are extremely proud to receive these prestigious awards. It is wonderful to win the Energy category, but then to also achieve the Sustainable Business Award is a fantastic testimony to the commitment of the team.

“Everyone at Landmarc is constantly working to ensure that the improvements and initiatives we undertake across the training estate really do make a difference, so to be recognised by these awards is the perfect accolade.”