BAE - Strategic Bulk Storage (SBS) | Wates

The new SBS facility will provide an off-site logistics operation required to support BAEs marine business.

69 weeks
Project duration
PAS 1192-2
Design BIM Level 2
CCS score of 43
Performance Beyond Compliance Award

The new SBS facility will provide an off-site logistics operation to accommodate delivery, receipt, storage and despatch of parts and materials required to support BAEs marine business. In addition, the development also includes a new high voltage substation, switch room and communications room.

The main storage area includes wide aisle racking to a height of 12m, open storage for large items of equipment up to 80 tonnes in weight together with two overhead cranes, one with a capacity of 80 tonnes and the other 20 tonnes.

Utilising detailed geotechnical analysis and long term differential settlement modelling we were able to provide BAE with an engineered foundation solution to accommodate the imposed loads and predicted long term settlements. This resulted in substantial programme benefits and cost savings.

The project was designed in full compliance with BIM level 2 requirements with the whole design team working in a fully federated 3D model under the lead designer, RPS. Our BIM implementation plan complies with PAS 1192-2 ultimately enabling BAE to utilise data captured during the delivery phase of the project to manage optimal whole life costs of the new building.

The outcome

This project is part of an eight year £300M investment programme for BAE which includes other new build facilities as well as the refurbishment of existing infrastructure in preparation for the construction of the successor to the Vanguard class.

"...I was very pleased to see the standard of safety from the security guard on site and the induction process through to the operations on site. It was evident to me that safety was not just visible but also in the culture of the site.."
Allan Day
Facilities Programme Director

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