A new £2.3m kitchen and dining facility has opened at Cameron Barracks, a military training camp located on the eastern outskirts of Inverness in Scotland.
Cameron Barracks is a key site for exercising troops in the Scottish Highlands accommodating around 335 troops at one time, with additional day trainees also using the site.
The kitchen and dining facilities can feed the whole camp within an hour.
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation worked with industry partner Landmarc Support Services and Highlands-based contractor Compass Building and Construction Services to build the facility, which replaces a temporary portacabin-style kitchen extension installed in the early 1990s.
The new brick-built extension includes a repaint of the existing dining area, a complete internal refurbishment of the kitchen with brand-new catering equipment, additional storage areas and toilets for troops, and welfare facilities for kitchen staff.
The bricks and slate for the new facility were specially made to satisfy Local Planning Authority requirements because Cameron Barracks is a listed site, meaning it is of special architectural or historic interest.
During the construction phase of the project as many as 35 tradespeople were on site, all managed in line with the Scottish Government’s guidance on safe working during the COVID pandemic.
Materials and goods were also sourced locally where they were available.
Bob Phillips, DIO’s regional training contract and infrastructure manager for the Scotland and Northern Ireland training estate, said: “Cameron Barracks is considered by the Armed Forces as their gateway to the Scottish Highlands and has been categorised as a core site in ‘Army 2025’, the army’s plan for future capacity over the next 25 years.
“The location is essential for dealing with all priority military units’ pre-operational training. This new state-of-the-art kitchen and dining facility will enable us to support the activities of training troops for many years to come.”
The project was delivered on time and under budget. The new facility has a DREAM Rating of ‘Excellent’.