Offsite manufacturing specialist Ormandy has installed its 100th plant room as part of the Ministry of Defence’s largest ever PFI project to create modern living and working accommodation for the British Army.
Specified by Aspire Defence Capital Works, the plant rooms contain both low temperature hot
water and domestic hot water equipment and, in certain areas, green energy systems such as
rainwater harvesting, CHP and solar technology.
Ormandy is the sole supplier of packaged plant rooms for the Junior Ranks Single Living accommodation – and the whole estate will eventually house more than 18,700 soldiers.
Ormandy supplied the plant room to m&e contractors Carillion PME and ISG Pearce, which were
working on the site.
Each of the plant rooms in the JRSLA roll-out has three individual elements which were disconnected in the factory prior to shipment and reconnected on site.
The reconnection speed was enhanced by a plug-and-play system for all plant room wiring, which meant plant rooms could be delivered, lifted into position on site and reconnected, both electrically and mechanically, in less than one day.
In order to optimise the plant room design, a number of new features were introduced, including the use of lightweight cold rolled steel housing.
All aspects of the plant room were 3D-modelled to allow accurate production of drawings
within the fast-track design period.
Ormandy UK sales director Phil Cooper commented on the project: “We are proud to be associated with such an important project to produce valuable new housing stock for the
“The manufacture of our 100th JRSLA plant room is a tremendous milestone for the Ormandy Group.”
Formed eight years ago, Yorkshire-based Ormandy Group has already expanded to become a
£25m turnover business.
The firm has focused on an offsite prefabrication approach and has
recently acquired a number of businesses to expand its expertise in this area.