DIO is incredibly proud to hand over the new £34m submarine escape, rescue, abandonment and survival (SMERAS) training building to the Royal Navy.
The SMERAS is a facility which will allow the Navy the capability to carry out essential on shore training for personnel in vital escape, rescue, abandonment and survival techniques using a unique controllable training environment.
DIO led on building the new structure, with technical design and support provided by Mott MacDonald, to design and house this one-of-a-kind facility.
An internationally renowned training resource, it has been recognised by navies throughout the world for its cutting-edge technology and equipment.
The building will showcase a realistic submarine escape training environment in which trainees can experience a range of weather conditions and sea states including wind, rain and storms so that they can practice escape, rescue and abandonment techniques in a safe and low risk environment before they board a real submarine.
It is important for submariners to have the opportunity to train in realistic conditions so that they are prepared for any scenario when they are at sea.
A unique building with unique challenges
A building like this is quite unique and like nothing HMNB Clyde has seen before. The project posed some challenges including finding the right space on the naval base as HMNB Clyde has a fairly limited amout of space for new buildings. We also needed to consider the related projects for the other training buildings so that the various infrastructure and roads around the base suited all the projects and joined everything together sensibly. Finally, we had to bear in mind that this was a live naval base, so we had to be sure that we did not interrupt any ‘business as usual’ work or training. There were also many practical challenges such as ensuring proper links to the existing electrical supply and other utilities.
The project obviously also required us to work extremely closely with the Royal Navy to ensure that the building met their requirements and would suit the range of specialist equipment being installed.
The Navy described it as a ‘world-class facility’ and said that it will not only contribute to the high standard of military training but that it will be essential to the well-being and capability of submariners as they prepare for their all-important work on the submarines.
DIO’s commitment to HMNB Clyde and the Royal Navy
To support the base becoming a centre of excellence of submariners, DIO is investing £1.6bn in total to develop infrastructure at HMNB Clyde.
The SMERAS demonstrates DIO’s expertise in completing complex and unique projects to enable our Navy to access the most modern training available.
It also affirms our commitment to support HMNB Clyde in becoming a centre of excellence for submariners.
DIO is proud to have delivered this world class facility to the Navy.