The Royal NAAFI has announced a partnership with iForm Clever Buildings to use plastic bottles in construction. 

NAAFI recently opened a cafe in Winchester, in the former Rawberry unit.

Working together with iForm, a variety of innovative structures have been designed to provide the military with new sustainable infrastructure solutions. 

From accommodation blocks to ablutions, trail-able structures and fully-functioning cafes, each type of building uses around 26,000 recycled plastic bottles and can be powered completely off-grid. 

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Fusing innovation with a proven track record, the buildings are the most sustainable of their kind - using 98 per cent recycled plastic bottles in a composite panel that has an expected lifespan of 200 years. 

Super tough and hard wearing in all conditions, they thrive in harsh climates without the need for concrete footings - ideally suited to a wide range of international environments. 

Emma MacRae, iForm managing director, said: “We are so proud to partner with such a well-respected institution like The Royal NAAFI to deliver a sustainable solution not seen before within the military. Their international effort is exceptional - bringing a slice of home to troops deployed in some of the toughest locations in the world, and we hope the buildings will add to that comfort. With over 35 years of producing our unique builds, we are confident we can deliver buildings worthy of the NAAFI brand and look forward to an exciting future alongside them.”

Natalie Williams, NAAFI marketing and PR manager, said “Sustainability is a key focus for us at NAAFI, forming one of our core company values. Our new modular pods provide the opportunity to remain flexible, reactive and sustainable while working with UK Forces, and we look forward to working together with iForm on future projects. 

“The NAAFI has been a valued service since 1920, established by the British Government, combining the Expeditionary Force Canteens, the Navy, and Army Canteen Board to run the recreational establishments needed by the Armed Forces, to sell goods to servicemen and their families. 

“From retail to recreation, they provide vital services to Ministry of Defence locations to support UK Forces communities around the world. 

“With iForms extensive experience since their inception in 1986, paired with their award-winning products, they have become the forefront manufacturer of composite buildings and the choice of industry leaders. You will recognise their structures across the UK including 250 RNLI lifeguard stations on beaches nationwide that thrive in tough beach front conditions.”