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PFI army barracks open

New Army barracks in Wiltshire were opened today by Defence Secretary Des Browne.

The new buildings at Tidworth garrison are some of the first delivered under one of defence’s largest PFIs – Project ‘Allenby Connaught’.

The barracks comprise 28 new buildings, providing 452 single en-suite bedrooms for senior and junior ranks, a regimental headquarters, two mess facilities, a large joint diner, a leisure facility, workshops, training buildings and storage.

Sustainable features such as solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, and an urban drainage system have also been included, as have special measures to encourage local wildlife.

Mr Browne said: “There has been a legacy of under-funding in Armed Forces housing: this new accommodation exemplifies the way that is changing. The work done in Tidworth represents our recognition that our forces expect and need a major change in the way we provide for them. This Garrison shows we want to offer a better way of life for the 18,000 soldiers who live in garrisons affected by this project and their families.

“I am very impressed by the scale of what has been achieved under Project Allenby Connaught so far, delivered both on budget and on time, just 16 months after contract signature.”