Swedish construction company Skanska, UK’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration (DCLPA), and US engineering company Aecom have begun the second phase of construction of new facilities for defence personnel at Worthy Down in Hampshire, UK.
Work under the transformation project is being carried out as part of a £300m scheme under which personnel of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force at Worthy Down will soon have eight more new facilities to enjoy.
The facilities being built include: combined medical, dental and physical training centre; three Single Living Accommodation (SLA) units; Officers’ and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers’ (SNCO) mess; band and drill area; headquarters building; and Navy Catering Services Realistic Working Environment space.
Several structures have been demolished for the works and 96% of the materials are being recycled. New buildings are expected to be completed from late 2019 to early 2020.
The teams have taken measures to keep the camp fully operational during the works.
Under the second phase, around 500 bed spaces will be created to accommodate personnel from HMS Raleigh, Princess Royal Barracks, and RAF Halton.
A combination of traditional build and modular methodology is being used for the construction of the SLA.
The offsite method of construction facilitates smoother programme delivery, provides enhanced finished quality and reduces carbon emissions.
The combined medical, dental and physical training centre will offer latest equipment and expertise for the health and wellbeing of all personnel, and support the planned increase in capacity at the camp.
Re-building Worthy Down is part of a two-part scheme for DIO project ‘Wellesley’. The second is the development of a new community called Mindenhurst, in Deepcut, Surrey, where the MOD is vacating Princess Royal Barracks.
The two parts will help the MOD to rationalise its estate and improve its training provision and living quarters.
Image: The band facility and drill shed under construction at Worthy Down. Photo: Courtesy of Skanska.