At Worthy Down, we are working in partnership with Skanska, AECOM, Sodexo and Amey Defence to provide facilities that meet the needs of today’s Armed Forces. Under Project Wellesley, we’ve been busy developing the new tri-service facility at the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration. Since 2017, a total of 27 buildings have been handed over.
Project Wellesley aims to improve training provision and living quarters for Service personnel and supports the rationalisation of the Defence estate. The project includes constructing bespoke new training facilities and relocating military functions and personnel from Princess Royal Barracks, RAF Halton and HMS Raleigh, enabling the redevelopment at Princess Royal Barracks to create the Mindenhurst residential development.
Final building handed over
Last month, we handed over the final building at Worthy Down. The site reception, Building 301, is the first building Service personnel enter when they arrive at the site providing a ‘one stop shop’ facility for collecting their security pass, car pass and accommodation keys, streamlining their arrival experience.
Futuristic ‘Village’ to improve wellbeing
We also worked with Sodexo to launch ‘Village’ which incorporates one stop catering, retail and leisure facilities at Worthy Down Station in Hampshire.
The facility has three main zones including a social meeting lounge, a micro theatre and a gaming area which have been built to help bring people together, encourage engagement and collaboration. Village was designed to build community, create connections, foster morale and improve the quality of life and wellbeing for Service personnel and civilians living at Worthy Down. This is a great example of how we are working with our partners to meet the current and future needs of tri-service trainees and enhance their lived experience and environment.
More new facilities that have been completed
In late July, we also worked with Skanska and AECOM to hand over a 176-bed single living accommodation block. Three sports pitches are being constructed and re-instated to Sport England standards with two already seeded. We’ve also completed a new combined medical and dental centre, physical training centre, band and drill area, junior ranks accommodation and a Regimental Headquarters.
A new Royal Logistics Corps Museum has also been constructed to relocate the old museum which was based at Princess Royal Barracks. This was handed over to the Museum trustees for gallery fit out in September and is expected to be open to the public sometime in Spring 2021.
In early 2021, the new facilities being built will be completed and will allow the MOD to train service personnel more efficiently and effectively so that they can provide the best possible support for military operations. Keep an eye out on our Inside DIO blog for further updates on Project Wellesley