Landmarc, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and modular construction specialists Reds10 have been named as one of three finalists in the ‘Partners in Sustainability – Public Sector’ category at this year’s prestigious Premises and Facilities Management (PFM) Partnership Awards, for the delivery of the Net-Zero Carbon Accommodation Programme (NetCAP).

Pictured above: an aerial view of the net-zero carbon buildings at Castlemartin. Photo credit: Reds10. 

NetCAP is a government and army funded programme that is transforming the lived experience for troops using the Ministry of Defence (MOD)’s UK Defence Training Estate. It is set to provide over 70 carbon-negative buildings across eight camps, with around 3,900 bed spaces.

Phase one of the programme began in January 2020. In just 18 months, five military training camps were upgraded using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to deliver 45 modern, carbon-efficient, accommodation facilities, with more than 2,000 bed spaces. This success led to additional investment that will see another 27 builds delivered in financial year 22/23.

The programme is largely replacing very old pre-World War Two, inefficient timber and Nissen style buildings, with modular blocks that provide around 46 bed-spaces each, with showers, ablutions and drying rooms in one modern complex. Each building can also be subdivided as necessary, meaning that different military units, whether trained soldiers or cadets, male or female, can be accommodated within each block together.

So far NetCAP has achieved:

  • The DTE’s first carbon negative accommodation
  • A significant reduction in embodied carbon by some 130 tCO2s per building, saving 9,100 tonnes of carbon across the current programme
  • Considerable savings in time spent on manufacture and installation from 15 weeks for the programme prototype to less than 13 weeks for subsequent buildings

Peter Nicol, Landmarc Programme Director, said, “NetCAP has been and continues to be a significant investment, which is supporting the Ministry of Defence with its long-term carbon reduction goals. The accommodation is modern, smart and carbon-negative and is completely transforming the Training Estate, making it a more sustainable place to live, work and train for our Armed Forces.

“It is an honour to be recognised as a finalist in these awards alongside some of the best partnerships in our industry.”

Paul Ruddick, Chairman at Reds 10 added, “It is amazing to see the continuous success and recognition that NetCAP is receiving. Thanks to the Army’s commitment and our work alongside Landmarc and DIO, the programme sets a new standard for Public Sector construction projects. It speaks directly to the government’s net zero, Project Speed and the Construction Playbook agendas, while fundamentally transforming the lived experience of our armed forces personnel.”

The PFM Awards are one of the longest running in the FM industry, recognising the essential role that effective partnerships play in delivering service excellence and rewarding the very best examples of these through a dedicated independent judging panel. The winners of all categories will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 2 November following a second round of judging during the summer.