Work has begun at Nesscliff Training Camp, near Shrewsbury in Shropshire, on the construction for new kitchen and dining facilities for military personnel undertaking pre-deployment training.
The £4 million investment will see the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), its industry partner Landmarc Support Services Limited and local building contractor Pave Aways Limited, deliver a facility capable of feeding 600 armed forces personnel each meal time and up to 200 personnel in the field. It will also include additional storage and welfare space and improve the current disabled facilities on the site.
Designed to meet the mandated 60-year life span for all new buildings, the project supports the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Sustainable MOD Strategy and aims to reduce ongoing maintenance and utilities costs for the MOD.
The project is expected to sustain 300 jobs locally.
DIO Training Safety Officer, Major (Ret’d) Richard Slaney, commented: “DIO supports our armed forces by providing what they need to live, work and train. Nesscliff is a core site for military training within the West Midlands and surrounding counties, dealing with all priority military units’ pre-operational training. With the changes in regular army basing and the increase in UK-based troops, the new kitchen and dining facility will allow Nesscliff to support the inevitable increase in use, whilst providing the high-quality service troops expect and deserve.”
John Shippen, Landmarc’s Project Manager added: “As DIO’s industry partner for the delivery of services across the national Defence training estate, we’re proud to be managing a project that will provide improved welfare facilities for our armed forces.
“Not only will the new facilities enable an enhanced training experience for end users but they will be sustainable too, with far more efficient utilities, photovoltaic roof panels and better insulation, which will reduce running costs. We are also partnering with local contractors to provide additional employment and business opportunities for local people.”