Helensburgh refurbishment project improves lives of Royal Navy families


AMEY has helped make life more comfortable for Armed Forces personnel and their families after its facilities management team worked with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and Bell Group on a £1.5 million pound home refurbishment project in Helensburgh.

The project included upgrades of 34 Service family homes, including new roofs, windows and doors, as well as new boilers, external wall insulation and rendering. This, Amey explained, will help improve the lives of the Royal Navy families already living in the area, and families expected to move there when the base becomes the Submarine Centre of Specialisation.

The works also included the replacement of garage roofs, fencing and gates, gutters and downpipes.

The project was formally opened by the Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, Air Commodore Wendy Rothery and Captain of HMNB Clyde, Craig Mearns.

Air Commodore Wendy Rothery said, “The refurbishment of these houses is a prime example of how DIO provides vital support to the Armed Forces. This upgrade work will make a real difference to the quality of life of our Royal Navy personnel and their families. We are grateful to all the residents for their patience with the inevitable disruption caused by the work, and we hope they are very happy with the results.”

Andrew Blessing, Amey’s Scotland & Northern Ireland regional manager for the National Housing Prime contract added, “The success of the Bannachra project has been down to the collaborative working between the Royal Navy, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Amey National Housing Prime team and the Bell Group understanding what the Service families’ needs are for the estate. The £1.5 million upgrade of 34 properties has transformed the appearance of the estate and undoubtedly improved the quality of life for Service families.”