The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery is a ceremonial unit of the British Army, which had been based at barracks in St. John’s Wood for 200 years. We provided a state-of-the-art facility for them to use as their new home in Woolwich, on the former workshops and gun lines of the Royal Artillery.
The project consists of stable lines including stables, harness and tack rooms, and changing rooms for 170 horses, plus 1,200 m2 Regimental Headquarters, 200 m2 workshops and 1,500 m2 stores. Workshop areas include a forge, tailor (for dress uniforms), saddler and gun workshop, while stores include an armoury and gun store. Other facilities include a veterinary pharmacy and clinic, indoor riding school, all-weather training area, an external exercise area and a gun park enabling the display of the historic gun carriages.
While the project is predominantly new build, some existing buildings have been refurbished to provide ancillary accommodation and an indoor training area for the horses. In addition, landscaping has been added to provide external display and public viewing areas.
Sustainability was the driving feature of the development, which was designed to achieve BREEAM 'Excellent'. Sustainable features include solar chimneys to provide natural stack ventilation to the horse stables, and rainwater harvesting to provide large volumes of water for general use in the stables. In addition, a Sustainable Urban Drainage System manages the surface water drainage.
The project’s location adjacent to sites of nature conservation, combined with its historic and environmental significance, meant regular consultation took place with the local council and English Heritage. Both bodies supported the relocation of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery as it continues the established heritage within the borough.
A remediation strategy was carefully implemented to address archaeological challenges (the listed ‘Napier Lines’ and new finds), live and redundant buried services and ground contamination.
“The new barracks offer the most up-to-date facilities available to horses and soldiers, whilst also offering improvements to the horses’ welfare with a larger and better-equipped forge and veterinary clinic, and a wide range of riding services to school both horses and soldiers." Major Mark Edward
Commanding Officer of King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery (at the official opening of the facility)