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Posted - 20th December 17

Garrison Commander assists with construction of new Officers’ Mess

GC Air test

Lieutenant Colonel James Balls MBE, Garrison Commander Tidworth, Netheravon and Bulford (TidNBul), visited Perham Down Garrison on Monday 11 December to view and take part in the construction works on-going under the Army Basing Programme.

Lt Col Balls viewed first-hand the new assets being delivered for the Army Basing Programme (ABP) and the procedures being carried out by Aspire Defence Capital Works (ADCW) to ensure the highest quality and standard of buildings delivered for regiments and their soldiers.

The visit included carrying out air testing checks on the concrete piping, which forms part of the ground works for a brand new Officers’ Mess, under instruction from ADCW contracter Dyer & Butler.

Air pumping tests are an essential construction quality check to reduce the likelihood of blockages and ensure that piping is fit for purpose as part of the foundations for a working building.

The Officers’ Mess will be completed in February 2019 ready for the arrival of Service personnel relocation from Germany during summer 2019.

ABP delivery is on track at four garrison sites across Salisbury Plain, including Perham Down. Assets under construction include: Regimental Headquarters and offices, Junior and Officer Single Living Accommodation and the Officers’ Mess.

The new and improved infrastructure will support forces returning from Germany and relocating within the UK under ABP which aims to bring all military units back from Germany by 2020.  The construction programme is on schedule to enable units based in Germany to return to the UK by 2019, resulting in savings to Defence of up to £240 million per year by 2022/23. Once completed, the buildings will be maintained by Aspire Defence Services Limited until the PAC contract ends in 2041.

In addition to the Garrison Commander the visit party included representatives from the ABP and Aspire.

Lieutenant Colonel JB Balls MBE, Commander Tidworth, Netheravon and Bulford Garrison said:

“I am thrilled to be a part of the construction process here at Perham Down. It is excellent to see first-hand the excellent new build facilities being provided for our soldiers under the ABP. We look forward to the successful delivery of these assets over the next two years.”

Allan Thomson, Chief Executive of Aspire Defence Limited, said:

“We’re very pleased with the pace of construction progress across all our ABP build sites including Perham Down Garrison.  We’re proud to be delivering long-term benefits to soldiers’ living and working space across Salisbury Plain.”

Maj Martin Hickie, ABP Requirements Manager added:

“It is great to have the opportunity to showcase the facilities being delivered behind the wire for our Service personnel. The ABP remains committed to providing first class living and working accommodation to enable the relocation of Service personnel from Germany in 2019.”

Group Air test Perham Down

TidNBul Garrison Commander and the team from Dyer & Butler and Aspire Defence Capital Works with (centre) Allan Thomson, Chief Executive, Aspire Defence Limited, and (second from left) Kieran Ward, Assistant Head ABP PAC Delivery Lead (Defence Infrastructure Organisation)



Notes to editors:

  • The Army Basing Programme (ABP) is a joint DIO and Army programme set up to implement the Regular Army Basing Plan announced by the Secretary of State for Defence in March 2013. It will provide the facilities the Army needs to live, work and train in the UK as it returns from Germany, rebases across the UK and restructures to its future Army 2020 formations.
  • DIO is part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). It is responsible for managing and maintaining land and properties, as well as providing related support services, to meet the current and future needs of the MOD and personnel at home and abroad, and to support current operations.
  • The ABP deal is an amendment to the existing Project Allenby/Connaught (PAC) Private Finance Initiative contract awarded to Aspire Defence Limited in 2006 to provide technical and single living accommodation for Army personnel across the Salisbury Plain Training Area and at Aldershot until 2041.
  • Aspire Defence Limited is owned by three stakeholders: KBR (45%) and funds managed by Innisfree (37.5%) and InfraRed/HICL (17.5%). Aspire Defence Capital Works (construction) and Aspire Defence Services Limited (facilities management services) are owned by KBR.  Support to the PAC estate will continue to be provided to 2041 by Aspire Defence Services Limited  via their appointed sub-contractors including a 24/7 help desk, transport management, office services, building facilities maintenance and management, grounds management, utilities support, catering, retail and leisure and Mess management.


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