Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Office
The work was split into five key areas. The first was the construction of a main building to house offices and training facilities and also include sleeping accommodation. Built on four levels plus a roof area the ground floor was dedicated to a secure parking. This had a capacity for 20 vehicles with a further 24 open parking spaces created adjacent to the building. The total gross internal area was 3500 sq metres and this offered the necessary admin space and the training rooms plus fully serviced accommodation for resident personnel.
The second area was a two-level building which housed social and subsistence facilities. As well as a fully fitted canteen there was a gym and dedicated prayer space spread over 770 sq metres. As with most of their projects, carried out in war or conflict zones, Kepi used a mixture of local and UK employed staff to deliver the necessary on-site construction.
A single storey structure was the third area that Kepi were contracted to deliver. This was to be designated as a workshop building but it also contained ancillary staff facilities including offices, a small canteen and WC’s. The workshop itself was fitted with four electric roller, fully reinforced shutter doors and a louvred rear wall to enable safe exhaust extraction. With a floor to ceiling height of 2.8m and a gross floor area of 369 sq metres this building is capable of taking large machinery and vehicles.
Moving on to the fourth area, this was an amenity building with a pitched roof. It had a single vehicle entrance door and one side entrance door. It was also windowless. Kepi are used to taking briefs and delivering on military building design and construction projects and incorporating into them specific requirements such as these.
The final area involved the internal refurbishment of an existing building, mainly walls and floors, including painting and decorating plus new floor coverings all round. However Kepi also had to provide other services including drilling a bore hole for the water supply to these new or refurbished buildings, creating a perimeter security fence with vehicle and pedestrian access and creating further parking space. Also the new buildings required connection to services including electrical supply. Groundworks included site levelling and fully functioning drainage.
As with all Kepi’s projects this work was carried out as quickly and effectively as possible, causing minimal disruption to both military and civilian operations. The work, completed on time, was fully compliant with all BS Safety and Quality Standards.