Sector - Defence
Second phase of construction on Worthy Down begins
The second phase of work on renovating Worthy Down Barracks in Hampshire has begun.
The work, which is adding eight new facilities at the Worthy Down site, is part of a £300 million scheme and led by Skanska, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, the Defence College of Logistics, and AECOM. The work is expected to be completed by late 2019 or early 2020.
The new facilities include:
- A combined medical, dental, and physical training centre;
- Three Single Living Accommodation (SLA) units;
- The Officers’ and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers’ (SNCO) mess;
- A Band and drill area;
- Headquarters building;
- Navy Catering Services Realistic Working Environment space.
Several buildings have been demolished to make way for the new constructions, which are being completed with 96% recycled material. The barracks are remaining fully operational while the work is being done.
Royal Navy, Army, and Air Force personnel live and work at the camp, with numbers expected to increase. The new facilities will allow for 500 extra bed spaces to accommodate personnel from HMS Raleigh, Princess Royal Barracks, and RAF Halton.
Project Director Paul Weale said: “The buildings we are creating in tranche two combine traditional and modern methods of construction. They will enable the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and DIO to welcome many more people to Worthy Down.”
“Tranche two is very important in terms of our plans to help relocate people to Worthy Down and it’s great to see the scheme progressing so well.”
The work is being done with a mix of traditional building techniques modular methodology. This offsite method of construction is considered to be a smoother and more efficient technique and reduces carbon emissions.
The Worthy Down work is half of the DIO project named Wellesley. The other half is the planned construction of a new community called Mindenhurst in Surrey where the MOD is vacating the Princess Royal Barracks.
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