Award presentation – Lord Rupert Redesdale, Chairman of the Energy Managers Association. From Aspire Defence Services Limited (left to right) – Debbie Bennett, Mitchel Maynard and David Cottage.
Improving Water Use on Garrisons
An innovative water conservation programme carried out by Aspire Defence Services Limited (ADSL) on behalf of the Ministry of Defence has received a top award, after it identified significant water savings on garrisons equivalent to 1.5 million showers or over 880,000 baths.
ADSL was announced as the winner of the PSS (Public Sector Sustainability) Magazine ‘Best Water Management Project 2016’ following surveys of nearly 500 MOD buildings on Salisbury Plain, which found potential water savings of 70,400 m3 per year.
Water surveys of 495 buildings across Larkhill, Bulford and Fargo were conducted by ADSL to identify and rectify issues, and help the MOD achieve its goal of reducing water wastage on garrisons. In addition, Energy Awareness Roadshows were run by the DIO and ADSL to improve awareness among base personnel of how to save energy and water.
Mark Carr, Managing Director of ADSL, said: “I am delighted that the water conservation work carried out by Aspire Defence Services Limited has been recognised and celebrated at the PSS Awards. Our survey findings represent a significant step towards improving efficiencies in water usage on garrisons. We are very proud of our sustainability record and of our positive contribution in working with the MOD to minimise the impact of defence infrastructure on the local environment.”
ADSL is part of Aspire Defence – the organisation contracted by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) under the 35-year Project Allenby/Connaught (PAC). Since 2006, Aspire Defence has been making soldiers’ lives better through delivery of enhanced living and working accommodation across Salisbury Plain and at Aldershot. ADSL operates at multiple garrisons under the PAC contract, delivering a total facilities management service from catering, cleaning and waste management to building maintenance, landscaping and helpdesk and leisure services.
This latest accolade builds on ADSL’s long-standing and successful conservation record. In 2015, the company won the Sanctuary Sustainability Project Award and the Sustainable Business Award. It also received the PSS Energy Award Commendation for Best Energy Management 2015 following a reported 47% recycling rate which, along with re-processing of non-recyclables, has led to zero waste from garrisons sent to landfill.
The recent award-winning project also supported planning applications for proposed works being delivered under the Army Basing Programme (ABP), which involves the withdrawal of the Army from Germany with the final units moving to the Salisbury Plain Training Area in 2019. Additional infrastructure investment of over £1.1Bn under PAC was announced by the Defence Secretary in November 2016, to provide domestic living and technical accommodation for the incoming troops.
Keith Westlake, PAC Mechanical & Electrical services, DIO, said, “ADSL has given an innovative, fresh approach to water saving on the estate and delivered real value to the MOD. This project demonstrates our underlying commitment to water conservation and the environment and we are now looking at extending this project to other viable sites.”