Contract awarded for Catterick Garrison assessment study

Accommodation for military personell at Catterick Garrison. Photo: Photo: Cpl Ian Forsyth RLC/MOD.

A firm has been appointed to undertake an assessment of Catterick Garrison’s future needs as plans are drawn up to prepare for the Army town’s expansion.

The British Army and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) have awarded professional services company WYG a contract to carry out the assessment stud.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) says it has a strong working relationship with WYG, which have been involved in a number of significant programmes and projects including Catterick, since the restructuring of the British Armed Forces over 25 years ago.

Andrew Fotherby, defence sector director at WYG said: “Meeting the Army’s future capability needs is a big priority for the DIO today, and we’re proud at WYG to stand side by side with the DIO again as we work to identify the requirements and delivery options for this next project.”

As the new headquarters for the mechanised and wheeled capability, specific requirements will include single living accommodation, service families accommodation, technical accommodation (HQ buildings, offices, workshops, garages, stores), as well as sport, retail and leisure facilities.

The study well also assess the impact that additional service personnel and their families will have on the town and local area.

Major General David Southall MBE, director basing and infrastructure, said: “Catterick Garrison is already one the Army’s biggest and most important garrisons, and Catterick is at the heart of the Army’s future basing investment plans.

“Working with both North Yorkshire County Council and Richmondshire District Council we will collectively ensure this investment delivers the best outcomes for both the Army and the local community.”

Catterick is forecast to expand from 6,000 service personnel to around 9,500 by 2031.

It is expected that dependants will increase in line with the rise of service personnel numbers from 2,600 to around 3,800.

The Army says it is working closely with the local authorities to ensure that local service provision, including schools, leisure and medical facilities, meet the demand of both existing and new residents.

Callum McKeon, corporate director for Richmondshire District Council said: “The assessment study is an important piece of work for the MoD which will complement the work that has already started on Richmondshire District Council’s local plan review and Garrison Masterplan.

“Through the partnership working that has developed over recent years, we are looking forward to helping our military colleagues develop and shape their plans, as we all work together to accommodate the growth of the Garrison and the needs of the local civilian population.”

WYG will deliver its findings in Spring 2021, with the initial construction phase planned to commence in 2023.