Military contractor Skanska has finally got approval for its £250 million college project in Hampshire. Winchester City Council has consented to the final plans for the defence training college project for the Ministry of Defence at Worthy Down in Hampshire.
Skanska won the project in 2014 after partnering with architectural firm HLM. After waiting for a couple of years due to design and site clearance, the project has been approved, and now the military contractor can start the construction of Project Wellesley.
The project is part of the MoD’s larger project to establish a new college at Worthy Down and also redevelop the Princess Royal Barracks in Deepcut in Surrey. The 1,000,000 square feet of land has been designed by HLM.
Skanska will be the development manager for the redevelopment project. The Deepcut site will house a school, about 1,200 homes, and other facilities. The Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration will provide living and training facilities for 2,000 students and staff from the armed forces.
After the training college becomes operational, it will house the Defence Maritime Logistics School, which is currently based at HMS Raleigh, Cornwall, and the RAF Supply and Movements Training Wing, which is presently located at RAF Halton in the vicinity of Aylesbury. The homes in the site will form a series of villages to house junior ranks, senior non-commissioned officers, and officers.
Based on the project terms and conditions, Skanska will finish each section of the project in phases so that the built structures can be used while the construction is ongoing. Skanska hopes to acquire a BREEAM Excellent rating for the buildings that it will construct.
The work for the project is expected to finish by August 2019. However, the development of the Deepcut site will continue until the community in the area is completely established.