HOW DID WE HELP?
In 2008, in the midst of the conflict, the MOD required a modular, lightweight building to be used as a temporary storage unit at the British Forces base in Kandahar: It was requested that the building be sturdy yet lightweight, and easy-to-erect enough to be installed by the British Forces engineers themselves in Kandahar. For logistics purposes i.e. shipment out to Afghanistan, it should also have seaworthy packaging and be easy to store in a container.
The building was to be manufactured to the maximum height in order to ensure flexible use, and so eventually the decision was made to purchase a 300m2 unit (10m wide x 30m long) with a 5-meter side height. An anti-condensation double skin roof was added, as well as steel clad walls, a manual vehicle access door and a personnel access door.
The official order from the MOD was finalized in August 2008 for shipment 3 weeks later.
Thankfully, in Spring 2014, authority was handed over to Afghan forces with minimal troops remaining for training purposes, which saw the international military’s role change from leading combat operations to training, advising and assisting.