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New officers' rooms completed in £10 million project

The DIO has completed a £10million project to provide 2 new accommodation blocks for officers at Vimy Barracks in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire.

Vimy Barracks new officers blocks

Vimy Barracks new officers blocks (Crown copyright)

An increase in the number of officers based at the Infantry Training Centre (ITC) at Catterick led to a requirement to build 2 new Single Living Accommodation (SLA) blocks. There are 114 rooms for junior officers in one block and 42 for senior officers in the second. Other facilities include a laundry room, drying room and snack preparation areas.

Mike Reynolds, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) Project Manager, said:

DIO is here to provide the right buildings in the right places for defence, so I’m really pleased to have been involved in this build. These modern accommodation blocks will improve the lives of officers living there and should therefore help them to provide top notch training to the next generation of infantry soldiers.

Vimy Barracks panoramic view
Vimy Barracks panoramic view (Crown copyright)

Lieutenant Colonel Angus Philp, Commanding Officer, Infantry Training Centre Support Battalion, said:

These blocks significantly improve the standard of accommodation for staff at the ITC. This is an important part of investing in our people and making the experience of working here enjoyable as well as rewarding.

The contract was awarded to Debut Services Ltd, a joint venture between Lend Lease and Babcock, in December 2012 and work commenced on site in April 2013. The project required the construction of a new car park on the site of an existing annexe, which was demolished.

Published 26 February 2015