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Military Kitchens in Basra

To support the UK MOD, PKL were responsible for the design and off site manufacture of modular catering facilities that were installed into bomb proof buildings. In total, four such facilities were installed by PKL in Basra over a 9 month period. The catering design was to strict UK MOD JSP Scale entitlements and the building structure to UK building regulations.

Design liaison was required at all times with KBR design managers, as PKL were also responsible for the complex mechanical and electrical design and installation, specified to main air temperature and air purity between -10 deg C and +50 deg C in challenging desert conditions.

Scope of Work

Design and off-site construction.

Preparation of all site foundation and service drawings enabling KBR to carry out site works during shipping period.

Design responsibility of complex M&E package which included sophisticated air handling system designed to working in 60 deg C temperature range, inside a bomb proof building in desert conditions.

Provision of site installation crew for module construction, mechanical, electrical and overall project management.

Commissioning and testing of facility plus full training of personnel.

Key Features

Entire off-site and on-site construction managed under UK construction industry legislation. Full compliance to CDM regulations and major works health and safety procedures.

Entire facility manufactured in the UK and delivered to site ready for immediate installation.

Modular kitchen designed to be redeployed.

Each DFAC consisted of 50 20ft ISO dimension modules.

Kitchen modules designed to comply with UK building regulations plus European fire and food safety legislation.

Catering design in full compliance with JSP Scale entitlement for DFAC facilities.


US Army Basra

KBR UK on behalf of UK MOD

Project Summary

Design, supply and installation of four 1500 man modular kitchens


50 modular kitchen units including kitchens, coolers, prep rooms, wash up, storage

Overall dimensions 625 sqm

Air conditioning, fire suppression, balanced air handling system


12 week construction, 8 week shipping, 4 week site installation

Overall contract for four DFACs installed within 9 month period in accordance with project timeline