Work at Hampshire site will be carried out in phases and finish in 2019
A £250m scheme which will see Skanska build a new training college for the Ministry of Defence in Hampshire has been approved by the local council.
Winchester city council gave the green light to the plans which have been drawn up by architect HLM.
The scheme, known as Project Wellesley, at Worthy Down runs across 1,000,000sq ft and will be called the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration (DCPLA).
It will combine the training facilities at the Defence Maritime Logistics School, currently at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall, and the RAF Supply and Movements Training Wing, based at RAF Halton near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.
As well as a training college, the development will include a junior ranks mess, combined officers’ mess and regimental headquarters of the Royal Logistics Corps and Adjutant Generals’ Corps along with a new site entrance building to a museum for the Royal Logistic Corps. New homes for military personnel are also part of the scheme.
Nick Nichols from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation said: “This new facility which will enable the MoD to train personnel more effectively and efficiently so that they can provide the best possible support for military operations.”
Skanska will carry out the work in phases, meaning the site will be in operation during construction. Work is due to finish in August 2019.
HLM is also behind a sister project to the Worth Down scheme – the redevelopment of the Princess Royal Barracks at Deepcut in Surrey which includes adding 1,200 homes, a school and other community facilities.