Hi. I’m Peter Riches, a new Project Manager working for DIO on the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration (DCLPA), a £250 million tri-service facility that DIO is building at Worthy Down in Hampshire.
The site is currently home to the Adjutant Generals’ Corps, the HQ Defence School of Policing and Administration and the Defence School of Logistics Food Services Wing, but by the end of the project in 2020, the new college will see personnel from the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Army Logistics branches all in the new college at Worthy Down.
The college will provide a joint, high-quality facility for training military personnel who specialise in logistics, policing and administration. Delivery of this joint site allows the MOD to release other sites which are no longer needed, producing a financial saving to Defence . All money saved by closing and selling old sites will be reinvested back into Defence.
We last updated you on the project back in May last year and quite a lot has happened since then. Work is progressing well on the site and things are really starting to take shape. Read on for a recap on what happened last year and what you can expect in 2017.
With our main contractor, Skanska, we’re working on 26 separate buildings, the first of which was completed in April. Last year also saw the new college building – which will be the home to the DCLPA – reach construction to roof height. We marked this with a traditional Scandinavian topping out ceremony which involved a spruce tree being flown over the building by tower crane! Work continues apace with the college building and it is now being fitted out inside.
The college will provide a mix of classroom and practical training facilities with associated living accommodation for up to 2,000 students and permanent staff. The high-quality accommodation will be in a series of ‘villages’ and will offer Single Living Accommodation (SLA) one for Junior Ranks, Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs), all with free Wi-Fi. Trainees will also enjoy a new gymnasium offering updated sports and recreation facilities, Officer and SNCO Messes, as well as other supporting amenities such as a new Medical and Dental Centre with a physiotherapy department. The Royal Logistics Corps’ museum will also move from Princess Royal Barracks at Deepcut, Surrey, to Worthy Down in 2019.
The CRL (Catering, Leisure and Retail) building will be the first building to be completed and handed over this year. The CRL provides the junior ranks dining facility, staff and student bars with associated recreational, shopping café facilities. It will be the central meeting place and leisure facility for students.
Other buildings, including the Quartermasters department, the students and permanent staff Junior Ranks and Senior Non-Commissioned Officer SLA will also be completed this year.
Construction is being carried out in three consecutive tranches to allow military training to carry on uninterrupted, with new buildings being occupied as soon as they are ready. This releases the old buildings for redevelopment. Tranche one will be complete later this year.
Once complete, the college will also enable the MOD to train personnel more efficiently and effectively so that they can provide the best possible support for military operations. Moving the three services' training to one site also allows savings through economies of scale, shared resources and technology, enabling the military personnel from the three services to learn from each other and also allows the disposal of unnecessary sites.
There'll be plenty more happening at Worthy Down in the coming months, so watch out for future updates on this exciting project.
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