Skanska bags £250m defence college job


Skanska bags £250m defence college job

Skanska has signed a design-and-build contract for a new military training centre to replace the Deepcut barracks in Wiltshire.


The new design of Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration includes features such as purpose-built training facilities and living accommodation with a total capacity of 2,000 students and staff.


As a result of the scheme, the Defence Maritime Logistics School, currently located at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, and the RAF Supply and Movements Training Wing, based at RAF Halton near Aylesbury, will move to Worthy Down.


The new facility will provide training for each of the services on one site for the first time, covering areas such as catering, supply, transport and military human resources.


The development will enable the relocation of military units from Princess Royal Barracks Deepcut in Surrey.


As part of the deal, Skanska also manage the redevelopment of the Deepcut site where around 1,200 homes, a school and other facilities will be built.


Construction work at Worthy Down is scheduled to start this month and will be completed by the summer of 2018.


Defence minister Andrew Murrison said: “The new college will ensure our servicemen and women have state-of-the-art training with great accommodation in which to live and learn.


“By co-locating activities for all three services, we are improving efficiency and saving taxpayers’ money by making the best use of the defence estate.”


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