The contract for the final phase of development at Baker Barracks has been signed by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and Kier Graham Defence Ltd.
The contract, which will cover the building of a new training centre, armoury and office extensions at the West Sussex site, will see the latest construction work commence in October 2016.
These works are part of a wider upgrade of Baker Barracks with enabling works, a new perimeter fence and additional office space now complete and the delivery of new Single Living Accommodation due to be completed in September 2016, bringing the overall investment in the site to circa £27 million.
The infrastructure investment is part of the Army Basing Programme (ABP) which is providing the facilities the British 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.
Lieutenant Colonel Gary Jones RA, Station Commander said:
I am delighted by the amount of progress being achieved to deliver the major Army 2020 technical and domestic infrastructure projects on Thorney Island. Through the continued investment of the main works programme and award of this contract to Kier Graham Defence Ltd; DIO and Army Basing has demonstrated its commitment to supporting sustainable development in the centre of excellence for the army’s ground base air defence capability
George Liu, DIO ABP Project Manager said:
This is a fantastic result from all the efforts the team has put in, and is another milestone for DIO following the successful delivery of enabling works at Thorney Island.
Mark Duddy, ABP Programme Director said:
This is a brilliant example of how we are investing in infrastructure across the UK. The developments at Thorney Island will provide modern, suitable facilities and accommodation for service personnel working and living on site.
Trevor White, operations director for Kier Construction Southern said:
We’re extremely proud to have been appointed to deliver this project which will supplement the existing facilities at Baker Barracks. It’s an important project for DIO so they can provide improved facilities for our armed forces and we look forward to working with them to deliver this exciting opportunity.