Rifle Range Chetwynd Barracks

Client: Babcock Dyncorp/DIO
Location: Chetwynd Barracks
Involvement: RIBA Stage 1-6
Type: New Build  – 25m Rifle Range
Value: £900k
Contract Type: Regional Prime Contract East
Contractor: Robert Woodhead Ltd

Following licencing inspections, it was established that the existing  small arms firing range was no longer fit for purpose and failed to meet the minimum standards for continued operation.

Chetwynd Barracks houses the Reinforcements Training and Mobilisation centre (RTMC) and as such is responsible for military annual training tests and training prior to operations. In order to maintain this level of training, a fully functional 6 lane 25m small arms firing range is required.

Templeman Design were appointed to assess the options and develop the design brief to consider the needs of the army units and the requirements of a new range without compromising the natural biodiversity, ecology and local residents whilst still meeting the clients financial constraints.

A new 6 lane 25m small arms firing range was constructed complete with shelter, storage area, firing dugouts, mechanical targets, bullet catcher, ballistic enclosure and acoustic protection measures along with the provision of car parking and infrastructure works.

Templeman Design were appointed to transpose the army units need into a workable scheme, obtain all statutory permissions, development of the multi-disciplinary design for construction and design services during construction.