Bassingbourn Barracks redevelopment project commences soon
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has appointed the contractor company Kier Graham Defence Ltd to the Bassingbourn Barracks redevelopment project ahead of the relocation of the British Army’s Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre (MTMC).
The Bassingbourn project has cost the DIO a sum of £17M and will entail the refurbishment of accommodation blocks, social facilities, offices, classrooms, training areas, medical facilities, and dental facilities, with works scheduled to commence by the end of October and reach their conclusion by the summer of 2021.
The MTMC facilities will play a vital role in the training of approximately 12,500 military personnel every year as well as the training of a battlegroup which will be deployed in Afghanistan to carry out Operation Toral. Operation Toral is the British military operation utilises British forces in Afghanistan so that military personnel may teach their Afghan counterparts protection and security techniques.
The DIO’s Senior Project Manager, Gillian Naylor stated: “We are pleased to announce the award of this contract to Kier Graham Defence Ltd to refurbish and improve existing facilities at Bassingbourn Barracks to enable the MTMC units to train effectively in one location. This is a great example of how DIO supports our armed forces by providing the places they need to live, work, train and deploy on operations.”
Commander MTMC, Colonel Neil Unsworth OBE added: “I am delighted to see the contract award for the next phase of development here in Bassingbourn. The Armed Forces have long and proud linkages with the local community which we have already started to redevelop, and I look forward to seeing the growth of this in line with our development in Bassingbourn.”
The Managing Director of Kier Regional Building Eastern, Mark Dady concluded: “We are extremely proud to continue our working relationship with DIO delivering crucial infrastructure at Bassingbourn Barracks to allow effective pre-deployment training in one location. This project builds on our extensive expertise in the defence sector, where we are currently on-site delivering new infrastructure to ready MOD Lyneham for the move of 5 Battalion REME as part of the Army Basing Programme.”
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