CampbellReith worked on the new British Army Training Base in Nanyuki, Kenya, providing tender design services to Lagan Construction.
Situated about two hours north of the capital Nairobi, Nanyuki is part of the Kenya Central Highlands and has long been a base for a British Army Training Unit.
In 2013 the Ministry of Defence tendered a project to convert temporary buildings into a purpose built barracks development capable of acting as a rear base for a brigade sized battle group with all the required facilities including accommodation helicopter facilities, a Headquarters building, vehicle maintenance and storage together with leisure and training facilities.
Ground conditions were particularly challenging with underlying “Black Cotton” soils being highly sensitive to excessive volumetric change when saturated. CampbellReith has worked for Aspire for a number of years and were able to provide Lagan with clear and detailed appraisals of the necessary military specifications. An association was also formed with a local design consultancy to derive local knowledge for the tender designs.
CampbellReith provided tender design services to Lagan identifying the key design criteria working closely with a UK based Architect and MEP Engineer and providing design solutions for the following:
- Structural design
- Drainage storm and foul networks
- Geotechnical design for foundations bearing on Black Cotton
- Geotechnial design for parade ground, vehicular and helicopter landing hardstanding areas
- Highways design of new access roads
Design of geotechnical site investigations of particular note was the design of the building hardstandings for Class B military veludes (Armoured Personnel Carriers and Gazelle Helicopters) on “Black Cotton” soils using soil replacement and cement stabilisation.