BJF Group’s Mechanical and Electrical division have recently completed a boiler house refurbishment project at the Ministry of Defence’s Denison Barracks in Berkshire. Home originally for the Royal School of Military Survey (RSMS) back in 1949 and later occupied by the 77th Brigade in 2015, this military installation has played an important role in UK Defence over the past century

BJF’s Mechanical & Electrical division were appointed to undertake the works on behalf of Amey, the UK’s leading support services and infrastructure provider. Our long-standing relationship and history of delivering work on sensitive MoD sites, best placed BJF to deliver the works and further extended our long-standing collaborative relationship with Amey.

The existing boiler house was nearing the end of its operational life requiring the facility to be completely decommissioned, refurbished and set back into operation. Removal of redundant boilers, pumps, flues and asbestos within the old flues and boilers formed the basis of the strip out. Demolition works were required to facilitate the installation of a new concrete pad forming the foundation for the 17 metre Flue. Construction of concrete plinths, adaptions to the roof structure and reconditioning of plantroom floors also formed part of our scope.

Denison Barracks Boiler House

Installation of new boiler plant, electrical services and controls were completed whilst maintaining heating and hot water throughout the duration of the works to the hundreds of military personnel stationed on the site. Temporary services which included the provision of a temporary oil-fired boiler were provided to ensure operations were not compromised.

The redundant systems were replaced with 3 new, highly efficient, Hovel ST950 930kW Medium Temperature Hot Water Boilers. BJF embraced offsite manufacture on this project to minimise hot work within the boiler house by prefabricating and welding all pipework off site. We utilised AutoCAD to produce a 3D Revit Model which aided in the co-ordination of services, as well as setting out of all equipment to strict tolerances.

The successful completion of this project will guarantee a long lifecycle for the new boiler house and ensure the comfort and wellbeing of a highly important element of the British Army well in to the future.