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VolkerStevin takes home two Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) Sanctuary Awards

VolkerStevin, in partnership with the Royal Navy, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), stakeholders at HMNB Portsmouth, and Jacobs has been recognised at the 2020 DIO Sanctuary Awards, receiving two awards for its outstanding work to deliver sustainable solutions, that enable the Armed Forces to live, work and train.

The Sanctuary Awards showcase outstanding sustainability and conservation efforts across the Ministry of Defence (MOD) estate, celebrating the achievements of teams and individuals in the UK and overseas. The team was presented with two awards - the Sustainable Business Award and the Sustainable Construction Award, for the Princess Royal and Victory Jetties project at HMNB Portsmouth.

The project involved the reconstruction of moorings to accommodate the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers. Whilst remaining sympathetic to historic monuments on the site, dating back over 400 years, the team demolished sections of the existing jetties, which were up to 90 years old, and replaced them with modern structures. New infrastructure was installed, including navigational aids and high voltage power supplies to power the carriers when they are berthed.

Lieutenant General Richard Nugee commented that: “The judges thought this was a remarkable project and one which is of very high importance to defence. The project demonstrated sustainable construction in a variety of ways and there was broad evidence of the sustainable benefits achieved. The highly innovative delivery was particularly praised, which minimised the impact upon the ecological and heritage value of the berths.”

“I am delighted that the team, including VolkerStevin and its supply chain, has received further recognition for delivering this renowned and industry-leading scheme. It is a fantastic achievement to win two prestigious Sanctuary Awards and I would like to thank everyone for their collaboration, hard work and dedication in finding sustainable solutions to deliver this challenging project.”

John McLoughlin VolkerStevin’s sector director for Defence and Maritime

The awards, presented by the Minister for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin MP, and Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, the MOD’s Climate Change and Sustainability Review Lead, took place virtually on Tuesday 16 March.

Congratulations to everyone involved!