After a recent successful tender process, Gwella Contracting secured a high profile MOD project to safely remove flaking lead paint from inside the C Hangar at RAF Benson, a front-line station and home to the RAF’s fleet of Westland Puma HC2 support helicopters, used primarily for the transportation of troops & equipment.

Gwella’s ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking meant that we delivered the project within the agreed budget and finished the phased project 4 weeks early. We achieved this by using specific, tailored MEWPs and powered access instead of internal fixed scaffolding throughout the various phases, allowing us to complete the works much more efficiently.

Within the hangar, we setup numerous containment zones in 4 phases in order to mitigate any risk of Foreign Object Debris (FOD) coming from the work being carried-out into a live operational hangar.

After the safe removal of any poisonus lead paint, our team repainted the internal hangar walls with a modern, safe encapsulant product as specified by the client.

We enjoyed working closely together with not just the Vinci team, but also the RAF personnel involved, and received great feedback on a job well done.

“After working with Gwella for the first time on a large scale MOD project, I will definitely be holding your company in high regard following your performance at C Hangar. Being a live operational hangar we had our concerns during pre-construction, however, Gwella’s planning, preparation, organisation and communication with all stakeholders made this project run as smooth as possible.

Many thanks to Olly, Jon, Mark C, the Gwella operatives and their overall company ethos, bloomin tremendous!”

Roy – Vinci Defence PM

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