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RCI May 2014

ADVERTORIAL ALM has a legacy of supplying rolled lead and hard metals to current and former MoD sites, some with poignant links to both World Wars. The scale and diversity of projects extends from infrastructure contracts for today’s armed forces to large scale housing developments on decommissioned land. The Defence Estates’ new £20m 5.4 acre home for the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Woolwich features standing seam VMZINC roofs in a natural finish throughout. The BREEAM 'Excellent' buildings provide stabling and full support facilities for 170 horses and the regiment’s historic gun carriages. Zinc was cited as one of the key sustainability features of the project which was said to be 2012’s biggest zinc project in Europe. In addition to equine training facilities, zinc roofed Supplying the UK’s largest defence sites buildings include regimental offices, a museum, gun park, forge, accommodation, veterinary clinic, workshops and the largest, most modern blacksmith's forge in the British Army. Each of the troop's six 13-pounder field guns was used in the First World War, and some were brought out of store for use as emergency antitank guns for home defence in the Second World War. In complete contrast, the mixed use redevelopment of the 30 hectare Royal Arsenal site in Woolwich combined new build and listed building renovation. At the time of the First World War, the 1285 acre site employed nearly 80,000 people and was home to Government-owned defence establishments such as the National Explosives Factories and the Royal Munitions Factory which remained open until World War II. The Royal Arsenal also cast the Memorial Plaques given to the next-of-kin of deceased servicemen and servicewomen. Phase 1 of the development, known as Building 10 or ‘The Armouries’, saw 453 homes built including 300 affordable units. The Berkeley Homes apartments, of which 2,517 will ultimately be built, featured VMZINC standing seam roofs in pre-weathered QUARTZ-ZINC® alongside a new heritage quarter, pier, retail units, restaurants, offices, health centre and a hotel. ALM has been involved in what is one of the UK’s biggest house building and regeneration projects from the outset. As we approach the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, remember the 16 million who died and those who have since given their life in the service of their country. 042 MAY 2014 RCIMAG.COM


RCI May 2014
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