Hi, I’m Scott Ross, a DIO Requirements Manager. My job is to take infrastructure requirements from an embryonic stage through to construction and occupation.
Our customers are service personnel, which means my earlier career in the Armed Forces - I served with the 1st Battalion The Royal Hampshire Regiment - really helps me to understand what they need from their perspective.
Between leaving the military and joining the Civil Service, I ran my own company specialising in wireless communications and Bus Bar installations. Bus Bar is an alternative product to large unmanageable cables to supply power around buildings. I was managing very large projects and my proudest achievement is installing the Bus Bar for the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport. This experience has allowed a smooth transition into DIO, where I’ve worked since October 2013. I am part of the Army Basing Programme team, which is providing the facilities the Army needs to live, work and train in the UK as it returns from Germany, rebases across the UK and restructures under Army 2020.
Medics Moving In
One of my ongoing projects is the re-generation of Keogh Barracks in Aldershot to allow 4 Armoured Medical Regiment, 22 Field Hospital and Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (Frimley Park) to occupy the Barracks. The first move will happen in June 2015 with 4 Armoured Medical Regt moving in. Co-locating three medical units like this will enable them to share resources and learn from each other.
The biggest challenge has been to make sure that the Single Living Accommodation (SLA), which is currently multi-occupancy rooms, is converted in to single rooms. Obviously this provides a much better standard of living for the troops. The challenge isn’t the physical work, it’s all the processes and approvals needed to get us to this stage to ensure that the new accommodation is up to the required standard.
We’re also creating a launderette and common rooms. This will cost about £4m and is part of an overall project costing around £50m. The good news is that in just under 12 weeks we have managed to get from business case approval to actually having contractors on site. I think this shows DIO’s commitment to getting the job done.
My role on a day-to-day basis is to work closely with the project manager and contractors to ensure that we have all we need to achieve key milestones, such as making sure all the accommodation is in place in time for occupation. I suppose I also act as a fire fighter, making sure that any problems are dealt with in a timely manner and engaging with stakeholders to keep to the programme. I am proud to be part of this team and believe that we have a great team in place to achieve and deliver for Army 2020.