A successful year for the Army Basing Programme
With only six months to go before Service personnel withdraw from Germany and move to the UK under the Army Basing Programme (ABP), significant progress has been made to deliver the new and improved accommodation required for soldiers at garrisons across Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA).
- 49 assets complete and handed over
- Around 2,400 single en suite bed spaces created
- New Regimental Headquarters and technical buildings already in use
- 127 demolitions completed
Major investment is underway in single living accommodation, technical, office, catering, retail and leisure facilities to make sure that soldiers live, work and train in the best possible environment. The infrastructure is being delivered by KBR-owned Aspire Defence Capital Works (ADCW) for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) under Project Allenby/Connaught (PAC).
The ABP is a project worth over £1.1bn overall and some £260M has been invested in ABP PAC during 2018. A total of 49 assets have been completed and handed over to the DIO, including Junior and Senior Ranks’ Single Living Accommodation (SLA) and 34 technical accommodation assets including Regimental Headquarters, offices and training facilities already in use by the Army. Around 2,400 single en-suite bed spaces for soldiers have been created behind the wire. In December, the final modular unit for SPTA was completed at the Rollalong factory in Wimborne and is scheduled for installation at Tidworth Garrison in early 2019.
Since the ABP began in November 2016, ADCW has worked nearly five million construction hours at its four major project sites in Bulford, Tidworth, Perham Down and Larkhill. The business recently reached peak construction output, with manning of around 1,200 operatives on site. In all, 130 new buildings are being delivered by ADCW for ABP PAC, alongside 80 extensions, alterations and refurbishments. A total of 127 demolitions have been completed.
Mark Duddy, ABP Programme Director said:
“I am proud of the excellent collaboration between the Army, DIO and Aspire that has been instrumental in delivering this first class working and living accommodation. All of the significant effort by the ABP and Aspire Defence during 2018 has been focused on enabling the final phase of the Army Basing Programme. Nearly 4,000 Service personnel will be moving next year, and I am confident that they will be impressed with the scale and quality of what has been provided by the ABP at their new home on Salisbury Plain.”
Allan Thomson, Chief Executive of Aspire Defence Limited, said:
“We are extremely proud of our achievements this year, which are making significant improvements to the defence estate and quality of life for soldiers. Our focus moving into 2019 is on maintaining our successful pace of work, so that we ensure the key buildings are delivered on time, to the high standard our customer expects and to enable the arrival of troops next summer.”
Lt Col David Penniall, Larkhill Deputy Garrison Commander said:
“This year has seen a huge change in the Larkhill Garrison estate, with a significant number of new SLA buildings for the soldiers returning from Germany and those moving internally within the UK. The technical accommodation being delivered is amongst the very best in Defence and the improvements will significantly enhance soldiers working and living environments.”
By September 2019, a third of the British Army will be based on the PAC estate on Salisbury Plain and at Aldershot.
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