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800m2 of accommodation, designed, built and fitted out on environmentally sensitive site - in just three months

Organisation : Magnox

Application : Specialist Uses, Offices

Product : Ultima

Location : Dungeness A Site

Requirement :

The existing accommodation for Magnox contractors working on decommissioning the Dungeness A site needed to be updated. The key criteria for these buildings were flexibility for future upsizing or downsizing, ability to withstand the harsh coastal weather conditions on this exposed site, and energy efficiency to create a comfortable working environment.

Solution :

Steve Jepps, Contract Engineer at Magnox, says: “Our requirements were put out to tender and Portakabin emerged as the highest-scoring supplier against tender criteria. The key requirements were product quality, service standards, health and safety, quality management systems and environmental policies.”

Magnox chose thermally efficient Ultima buildings, which feature doubleglazing and superior insulation, as well as offering air tightness that exceeds Building Regulations Part L requirements by 70%. Portakabin designed a 664m2 office and canteen building for up to 120 people and a separate 142m2 medical centre. The buildings were fully fitted out by Portakabin with ramps, climate-control systems, furniture, fire-alarms, emergency lighting, PA speaker system and datacommunications cabling – giving Magnox the simplicity of a single supplier for the entire project. Timescales were tight, with Portakabin given just three months to design, install and fit out the buildings.

Steve says: “Portakabin completed everything within a tight timescale, despite a number of challenges, including the strict security procedures on site, which meant every worker had to be vetted and site induction trained.” Because Dungeness is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the environmental impact of the building had to be minimised. No concrete could be used, so Portakabin installed the building on simple pad foundations, which will be removed without a trace along with the building at the end of the contract.

“The people working in the building are very pleased with their new facilities. They provide a much better quality environment to work in.”
Steve Jepps, Contract Engineer, Magnox

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