Contract Name: HQ Support Command building, Aldershot
Contract Value: £10 million
Architect: Broadway Maylan
Client: Aspire Defence
Procurement: Traditional

Rydon secured the contract to build the new Army HQ Support Command Building at the Hammersley Barracks in Farnborough. The £10m scheme was the largest project to be commissioned by the MOD under the Allenby & Connaught initiative run by Aspire Defence. 

The building has been designed in accordance with the latest counter-terrorism measures and has been constructed with a steel frame and composite floors.

The building contains 55,000 sq ft of open plan office space across three floors, connected by two atria and featuring a 'street-effect' circulation spine. The floors are completely open to the atrium, affording views across the office areas.

External features include a slate tile roof, masonry envelope with curtain walling, aluminium windows and a Brise Soleil system. Internal finishes include porcelain floor tiling and decorative wall panels to the entrance atria with glazed roofs.

The principal internal areas are naturally ventilated through vertical sliding windows and automated ventilators. Air is extracted via the natural stack effect through automated ventilators at the top of each atrium.

The windows offer personal control whilst automated ventilators are controlled by sensors through the Building Management System. Ventilation to the perimeter cellular offices and meeting rooms are managed solely through the windows and automated vents. External air-source heat pumps generate the under-floor heating.

The building was named Montgomery House and opened by Lord Montgomery, the son of Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.