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DefenCell helps military base win construction award.

J & S Franklin : 29 October, 2007  (Application Story)
Fast delivery and ease of construction of DefenCell secure perimeter material enables large military base to be built and secured in award-winning time and quality.
Camp Bastion has won the British Construction Industry Awards, 'Judges' Special
Award'

The award is 'For a building or civil engineering project of any size
which the judges consider to be particularly inspirational, in one or more
aspects.'

Huge engineering, managerial and logistical challenges were overcome by the
Royal Engineers to complete this vast military base - the equivalent of a
small town - in just 4 months. All in an inhospitable and barren
environment, ahead of schedule, under budget and under fire - an
astonishing achievement.

As a part of this overall project 16,000 metres of DefenCell were deployed
for the purpose of protecting two highly vulnerable Ammunition Supply
Points in two separate locations one in Camp Bastion itself and another at
Kandahar Airfield.

The ordering and deployment of DefenCell was processed under an 'Urgent
Operational Requirement'. From the first phone call to dispatch of the
first load was 2 weeks; the order was completed in approximately 6 weeks.

Construction started in February 2006 and was completed after just 6 weeks,
and involved unskilled locally recruited labour as well British Forces
personnel.

DefenCell was used to build over 1000m of protective berms, 5m wide on the
base, 1.5m wide on the top and 4m high.

Local materials were used in construction and its load bearing qualities
enabled the use of heavy machinery, to speed up the deployment.

DefenCell's geocell design, along with the latest geotextile construction
technology provides strength, versatility and simplicity. A member of the
construction team commented, 'It was so easy to use, and quick to put in, that we were able to let the local civilians build the wall.'

Another source said, 'DefenCell is really flexible, we were able to cut it
to shape, to create corners and even adjust the width of the wall, by
winding in the centre cells.'

16000 linear meters of walling, weighing 50000 kgs was delivered in only 4
x 40ft ISO containers, thereby greatly reducing the logistical footprint
compared to other products.

A single 40ft ISO container will hold over 2.5 kilometres of DefenCell T2
walling, 1.5m high and 1.25m wide.


The DefenCell team are proud to be part of this magnificent achievement and
would like to add our congratulations to the men and women of the Royal
Engineers who made this happen.

DefenCell is still deployed in Afghanistan and continues to meet the
exacting requirements of operational troops and equipment protection in a
hostile environment.
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