Core Site Investment

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  • Date: Tuesday 14th January 2014
Core Site Investment

A new programme of work to update the infrastructure and facilities at Britannia Royal Naval College is set to take place over the coming six months.
Approximately £3 million is being invested in the College making improvements ranging from an upgrade of drying room facilities for Initial Naval Training to adaptations to the pontoons at Sandquay, providing water, power and lighting supplies.
New washrooms and showers are also scheduled to be installed in the existing workshop area at Sandquay, using a green philosophy with the aim of providing the new facilities with zero impact on the College’s carbon footprint.
Work is to be carried out to renew the surface on the all-weather pitch together with the lighting and fencing resulting in a FIFA standard playing facility, which can also be used for rugby training.
A review of the street lighting and fencing will be carried out with remedial works being undertaken, addressing any health, safety and environmental and sustainability issues.
The former Director of Studies residence, Ashford House along with A, O, B and W Blocks will be given a facelift with external redecoration and repairs to the timbers plus stone, re-pointing and lead renovations, all in-keeping with the historical nature of the buildings.  Ashford House will also be transformed internally to accommodate the HQ of the Royal Navy Leadership Academy. 
West End Galley is scheduled to receive a full electrical re-wire and an overhaul of the existing air handling / extraction systems.  There are plans too for water tank replacements and cleaning as well as alterations to the pipe-work. 
To assist in the planning for future investment a new ‘Forward Maintenance Register’ database will be introduced to identify areas that need attention over the next 10 years, ensuring that future funding is invested accurately.
Cdr Jason Phillips, the Commander BRNC, said:  “It is fantastic news that BRNC Dartmouth is considered a ‘Core Site’ being central to the Royal Navy’s provision of training into the long term. The imposing buildings, part of our national architectural heritage, have been the home to Officer training for over 100 years and the history and tradition encapsulated within its walls epitomise the Royal Navy’s Core Values. The ongoing infrastructure investment is not simply to preserve however - the improvements will continue enabling us to carry on delivering world-class training for Officer Cadets well into the future.”

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