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Meccano kit embassy goes up

FLAT PACK construction kits have been screwed together to build a rapid reaction British embassy in Baghdad.

The temporary building will allow diplomats to provide a full service in the war-torn Iraqi capital.

Since May, a four man diplomatic team has operated from the grounds of the old embassy in a temporary camp.

The previous British embassy building was abandoned in 1991.

It is dilapidated and dangerous following this year's war and the previous Gulf war. It has also been looted.

The flat pack units comprise panels of prefabricated galvanised steel channel frames with fitted cladding.

These are screwed together on site before uPVC windows, flashing and fittings are added insitu.

'It's basically like a great Meccano kit, ' said Steve Box, projects executive of Carier, which supplies the innovative system.

The 28 building prefab village is due for completion in mid September. A 25-man crew is fitting the units together. This is the first time the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has deployed the rapid reaction system.

'The units would be ideal for use as site offices, accommodation, field hospitals or temporary classrooms, ' said Box.

A basic 6m by 3m cabin would cost around ú7,000.

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