Gwella were delighted in securing a large asbestos removal and demolition project with key client Vinci Defence as a priority one supplier at Invicta Park Barracks, Maidstone in Kent.

The barracks were acquired from the Lushington family in 1936 shortly before the outset of World War II and a hutted camp known as Invicta Lines (reflecting Invicta, the motto of Kent) was built there. The Regimental Headquarters of 36 Engineer Regiment have been based at the barracks since 1959 and the current barracks were built between 1965 and 1966.

Working with key supply chain partners in Henderson and Hughes and Salvidge, the project was well coordinated from start to finish from the initial service disconnections, asbestos removal strip and clean as the existing accommodation block was contaminated with licensed and non-licensed material across all levels to the former accommodation block.

Throughout the phased project, carefully constructed enclosures were used during the removal process in order to mitigate any risk on this working military base. Gwella’s in-house asbestos removal team handed over an clean air tested and almost empty shell building for demolition specialist Hughes & Salvidge to technically demolish expertly.

The project programme overall was 16 weeks, which was projected prior to works commencing and we look forward to supporting Vinci with their next upcoming project.

“I’d like to pass-on my feedback to the Gwella lads working at Invicta Park Barracks. The guys were very professional, proactive and extremely considerate of the restraints of working within an operational defence facility. It goes without saying that the quality of their work was excellent. Please pass on my thanks.”

Wesley – Vinci Defence

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