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Military training revamp worth £12bn

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THE Ministry of Defence is planning a massive overhaul of military training facilities in two separate contracts worth £12 billion in total.

The Government has outlined a programme to concentrate military training on fewer sites and improve technology and teaching methods.

The programme of work will be divided into two packages.

DTR 1 will focus on the mechanical, engineering, communications and information systems and DTR 2 will involve all the logistics, administration and security aspects.

Land Securities subsidiary Trillium has teamed up with Qinetiq and Laing O'Rourke in a consortium called Metrix, in which the Government owns a 23.9 pc stake, to bid for both parts of the MoD Defence Training Review.

Under Metrix's plans, training would be transferred from sites at Cosford in Shropshire and Bordon in Hampshire to a new academy at St Athan, South Wales.

The new academy would centralise all the MoD training facilities onto one site, in a 25-year programme of development and construction.

Metrix's bid is widely considered to be the favourite but the MC3 consortium of BAE Systems, VT Group and Carillion has also pitched for DTR 1.

Providing competition for Metrix on DTR 2 is Holdfast, a consortium of Babcock, Carillion - which originally tendered for the deal under the Mowlem name - Atkins and BT.

A decision on both packages is expected next month.