Woolwich Barracks Refurbishment

Repository Road, Woolwich, London, SE18 4BB

  • Woolwich Barracks

Contract Details

Ministry of Defence

Principal Contractor:
Lend Lease Construction

Contract Period:
December 2013 – July 2015 (Phase 1 + 2)
Phase 3 started February 2016

Contract Value:
Phase 1: £250k
Phase 2: £210k
Phase 3: £60k

Woolwich Barracks

The original Woolwich Barracks was built in 1776 and was in constant use as the Royal Artillery (RA) Headquarters until the departure of 16 Regiment RA in July 2007. The history and lineage of this Grade II listed site in the Royal Borough of Greenwich plays a big part in its regeneration.

Project SLAM

TRC were employed by Lend Lease Construction for the Ministry of Defence ‘Single Living Accommodation Modernisation’ project, also known as Project SLAM, which is one of the largest new build and refurbishment projects in the UK.

Project SLAM is a national Functional Prime Contract awarded by the MOD to Debut Services & Defence Estates to deliver single living accommodation to MOD service personnel. The contract is an example of the Defence Estates Prime Contracting initiative, delivering better value through collaborative working between the construction industry and the MOD.

Construction work for Project SLAM commenced in 2003 and involves the upgrade & re-provision of over 19,000 bed spaces, together with utility and common areas and ancillary facilities for service personnel across the country. The improved living conditions are impacting positively on recruitment and retention of service personnel with a consequential enhancement in operational effectiveness.

Principle Issues

The works are within a secure site and include the sensitive retention & protection of retained structural & architectural features; therefore the all-important requirement for unobtrusive, top-rated, thermally efficient secondary glazing that would meet the Counter Terrorist Measures (CTM) specification was absolutely critical.

It was important to consider a number of designs and specifications in order to provide optimum thermal efficiency whilst still providing essential ventilation when necessary, and delivering a frame solution that would play an integral part with the existing traditional box sash windows in addition to the barracks architectural heritage. The importance of furnishing the barracks living quarters with a discreet system that would comply with CTM criteria was a further requirement of the client and which needed to be integrated into the final design.

Works for Phase 1 + 2

Front elevation (Parade Ground) – full refurbishment of the existing timber sliding sash windows including:

  • Overhaul
  • Draught-proofing,
  • Resin repairs using the Repaircare System (pre-paint epoxy resin),
  • Full decoration internally and externally using the Dulux Weathershield paint system,
  • Replacement glazing with bomb film applied from Solar Shield (www.solarshield.co.uk)

Once works were completed, this allowed Granada Secondary Glazing (www.gsecg.com) to come in and provide a high specification solution. They used a bespoke Heritage tilting balanced vertical slider with a 6.8mm Class A laminated glass in order to achieve high levels of thermal efficiency, largely for the troops comfort and well-being, but essentially ensuring their safety and security by complying with the CTM for Normal Risk levels.

Custom-made units reflect the lines of the original windows, and are designed to have minimal visual impact on the character and design of the original building – both internally and externally.

Another benefit is a further improvement to the acoustic performance of the existing windows, which reduces noise levels in the living quarters, and delivers a more comfortable environment.

Phase 3

Work to be carried out in the Officers Mess. TRC are to supply and fit 50 new timber sliding sash windows and casement windows.

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