27 Jul 2018

First phase of works now complete at Worthy Down

Military personnel from the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Army are taking advantage of the new facilities at Worthy Down as the first phase of construction is completed.

The new facilities at Worthy Down provide a single location for training and operations, to meet the combined needs of Princess Royal Barracks, HMS Raleigh and RAF Halton.

The college, recreational space and accommodation are amongst the first phase of completed works.

Skanska and Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) have provided the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration with a 154-seat lecture theatre, 60 brand new homes for military people and their families, 755 single-bed spaces in six new blocks and a 358 seat canteen.

The site’s new, larger water tank holds 324,000 litres, while More than 15,000m of pipes and cables have been installed underground on site to accommodate current and future power, water and drainage needs.

New energy-efficient boilers for the camp will also produce enough heat to meet all current and potential future requirements.

Building Worthy Down is one part of a two-part scheme for the DIO called Project Wellesley. The second is the development of a new community called Mindenhurst, in Deepcut, Surrey, where the MOD is vacating Princess Royal Barracks. Combined, the two parts will help the MOD to rationalise its estate and improve its training provision and living quarters.

Matthew Richardson, DIO Principal Project Manager, said: “DIO supports service personnel by providing and improving single living and service family accommodation so we’re pleased to be working with Skanska to deliver these facilities. Once the new facilities are complete it will enable the MOD to train personnel more efficiently and effectively so that they can provide the best possible support for military operations.”

Image courtesy of Skanska

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