£10m for new officers’ rooms at Catterick
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has completed a £10m project to provide two new accommodation blocks for officers at Vimy Barracks, Catterick Garrison.
An increase in the number of officers based at the Infantry Training Centre (ITC) at Catterick led to a requirement to build two new Single Living Accommodation (SLA) blocks. There are 114 rooms for junior officers in one block and 42 for senior officers in the second. Other facilities include a laundry room, drying room and snack preparation areas.
Mike Reynolds, DIO Project Manager, said:
“DIO is here to provide the right buildings in the right places for defence, so I’m really pleased to have been involved in this build. These modern accommodation blocks will improve the lives of officers living there and should therefore help them to provide top-notch training to the next generation of infantry soldiers.”
Lieutenant Colonel Angus Philp, Commanding Officer, Infantry Training Centre Support Battalion, said:
“These blocks significantly improve the standard of accommodation for staff at the ITC. This is an important part of investing in our people and making the experience of working here enjoyable as well as rewarding.”
The contract was awarded to Debut Services Ltd, a joint venture between Lend Lease and Babcock, in December 2012 and work commenced on site in April 2013. The work required the construction of a new car park on the site of an existing annexe, which was demolished.
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Notes to Editors
1) The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) plays a vital role in supporting our Armed Forces by building, maintaining and servicing what the men and women who serve our country need to live, work, train and deploy on operations.
2) DIO is part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). It is responsible for managing and maintaining land and properties, as well as providing related support services, to meet the current and future needs of the MOD and personnel at home and abroad, and to support current operations.