Completion of New State of the Art Range Tower
The future of MOD training site is secured with the completion of a new state of the art range tower
The Castlemartin Training Area is located within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales and covers over 6,000 acres. The delivery of the state of the art tower and future upgrades to the site are vital for The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), ensuring Castlemartin remains a central military training site.
Bailey Partnership provided Architectural and M&E services supporting Jubb who supplied the Civil and Structural design. The tower has been thoughtfully designed and provides a modern facility perfect for operations in challenging environments. The tower has three floors, with access to the building and washing facilities on the ground floor, a large ‘viewing space’ on the first floor and a control room located on the second floor. The roof space is home to solar panels, communication aerials as well as an additional viewing area.
The Range Tower has achieved a ‘DREAM’ rating of Excellent (Defence Related Environmental Assessment Methodology) This is due to energy-saving solutions incorporated into the design, such as the solar panels positioned on the roof, improving the carbon efficiency of the building.
Despite challenges, felt by all during the pandemic which hindered the start date of this project, the building is now complete with another tower at Range Five planned to commence in early autumn.
Major John Poole, Senior Training Safety Officer at Castlemartin, who worked closely with the team on this project, described the new tower as “superb”. He said, “it now offers visiting units a much more modern environment to operate within, and that with all the technical advances the British Army is seeing, troops bring lots of extra equipment with them and this needs space.” He also said, “the tower provides an excellent facility to hold daily conferences or debriefs.”