The Defence Infrastructure Organisation has launched its search for a contractor to build a Winchester training facility worth up to £300 million which will house and train up to 2,000 students and staff.
The Ministry of Defence’s property and service provider will procure the work for a new facility to be built at Worthy Down, near Winchester, and which will serve the majority of logistics and personnel administration training for the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.
The facility will provide training facilities and living accommodation for up to 2,000 students and staff from the Armed Forces.
GVA, the commercial property consultant handling the project, has expressed a preference for a single contractor or joint venture to handle both elements of the development and told Construction News last month they would be looking for bidders with experience on similar projects, the financial capabilities to deliver the phased development and a track record of infrastructure and housebuilding work with the MoD
Military units from the Princess Royal Barracks Deepcut in Surrey will be relocated to the new facility and the existing site will be closed and sold.
The Defence Maritime Logistics School, currently at HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall, and the RAF Supply and Movements Training Wing, based at RAF Halton, near Aylesbury, will also relocate to the site, however their existing sites will not be closed.
Major general Dickie Davis, director general army recruiting and training division, said: “I welcome this opportunity for Defence. It will provide tri-service modern training and living accommodation and substantially contribute to each individual’s learning experience and quality of life.”
It is hoped the facility will be completed by late 2018, whilst maintaining training at the site throughout the build period. When fully operational, Worthy Down will train more than 1300 personnel a year.