Work has begun on a £4m construction project that will see an on-site, state-of-the-art kitchen and dining facility built for British troops undertaking pre-deployment training.
Ground was broken on the scheme at Nesscliff Training Camp, near Shrewsbury in Shropshire, last week and will spawn a raft of contract opportunities for the catering equipment supply chain.
The project is managed by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), its industry partner Landmarc Support Services and local building contractor Pave Aways Limited.
They are tasked with delivering an enhanced 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, with enhanced thermal insulation and photovoltaic roof panels, the project supports the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Sustainable MOD Strategy and will significantly reduce ongoing maintenance and utilities costs for the MOD.
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,” said DIO training safety officer, Major (Ret’d) Richard Slaney.
John Shippen, project manager at Landmarc, 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.”
The project is expected to have a positive impact on the local economy by sustaining around 300 jobs locally through Pave Aways and its supply chain.
The company said it is committed to working with contractors and sub-contractors that are based within a 25-mile radius.