Work starts on Marne and Bourlon improvements

Lt Col Joe Jordan, and Mr Mark Duddy, ABP programme director, shaking hands after the first sod was cut.

Construction works have started on improvements at Marne Barracks in Catterick Village and Bourlon Barracks in Catterick Garrison.

Following a £60 million contract award to GallifordTry earlier this year, work is now underway after the Garrison commander Lieutenant Colonel Joe Jordan carried out the ground-breaking ceremony with a JCB digger.

This significant investment will provide new officers and junior ranks single living accommodation, senior non commissioned officers’ mess, armoury, squadron offices, quartermaster department, multi-use games area, hard standing and a considerable amount of refurbishment and reconfiguration works at both sites.

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One important activity is the provision of the SNCO mess, which will provide dining facilities and public rooms for service personnel living and working at Marne Barracks.

A ground breaking ceremony was held on 19 October 2017 to signify the start of construction.

This is just one key milestone within the year long construction programme being delivered by GallifordTry on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), to support the ABP.

Marne Barracks is home to 5 Regiment Royal Artillery and 32 Engineer Regiment with the expected arrival of 21 Engineer Regiment in October, 2018.

MoD officials say this investment will develop the site to accommodate three major units effectively under Army 2020 structures.

Bourlon Barracks will become home to 4 Infantry Brigade, 1 Military Intelligence Battalion, 1 Royal Military Police and HQ Catterick Garrison who will all be co-located within the refurbished Grade II listed Sandhurst Block.

The future relocation of 4 Infantry Brigade to Bourlon Barracks will ensure they can consolidate and successfully deliver their required outputs.

The infrastructure investment is part of the Army Basing Programme which is providing the facilities the British Army needs to live, work and train in the UK as it returns from Germany, rebases across the UK and restructures to its future Army 2020 formations.

The construction works at both barracks are due to complete by October 2018.

Mark Duddy, ABP programme director said: “I am thrilled to be invited to be a part of the ground breaking ceremony of the SNCO Mess at Catterick. This clearly demonstrates Defence’s continued commitment to deliver first rate facilities for our armed forces in support of the Army Basing Programme.”

Lt Col Joe Jordan, Catterick Garrison Commander said: “The investment into Catterick Garrison by the Army Basing Programme is most welcome. The provision of new and refurbished facilities will ensure that our Service personnel are living and working in first class accommodation and enables various unit moves that will support Defence capability.”

Cliff Wheatley, managing director for Galliford Try in the North East and Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate the start of this highly significant project alongside our colleagues from DIO and the MoD. We look forwarding to working with them and all the stakeholders involved to provide the high-quality accommodation that our service personnel deserve.”