Work is now underway in Lyneham to deliver the MoD’s new Defence College of Technical Training at the former RAF Lyneham airbase.
The new college will provide training facilities in one location for all three Armed Forces – the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force – for the first time in the UK.
The scheme will provide single living accommodation for more than 1,100 trainees, purpose-built teaching facilities and a large outdoor training area. Much of the work will comprise of upgrading and refurbishing existing buildings.
The scheme also includes a public museum and a new home for the Army’s Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).
Balfour Beatty and Kier Construction were appointed in 2013 to work 50:50 on the joint venture, now called Hercules which is worth £121m.
Wessex Chamber of Commerce have been working very closely with all of the organisations involved to ensure that local businesses could be considered where possible to be part of the Hercules project supply chain.
A Meet the Buyer event was organised by Wessex Chambers earlier this year which has lead to the successful appointment of two local firms. Chippenham based civil engineers MJ Church have been awarded a £10 million pound contract for the ground works and Seqol Enterprise Works from Swindon are providing the catering for the whole construction site.
Stefan Barbaruk from Wessex Chambers who was involved in organising Meet the Buyer said, “We are delighted with the outcome of this event and that Hercules are engaging with a further 20 other local companies which is great news for the local economy”
The project is scheduled for completion in autumn 2015, when the first students and staff will arrive at the new college. At its peak the project will employ 900 people.
Pictured above from left to right: Stefan Barbaruk of Wessex Chambers, Roger Frost of Balfour Beatty and Steve Blower of MJ Church.
Picture courtesy of the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald