UK DIO commences work on Garelochhead ranges development project
The UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has broken ground on a new training facility at Garelochhead ranges in Scotland.
Valued at approximately £3m, the project is being carried out in collaboration with Landmarc Support Services, Mackenzie Construction, and consulting engineers D J Goode and Associates.
DIO service delivery (SD) training in Scotland regional commander lieutenant colonel Mike Onslow said: "This investment into new ranges will bring enhanced training facilities and opportunities to Garelochhead, as well as cost savings for our armed forces and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) police."
The project will see the existing ranges transformed into a 100m grouping and zeroing (G&Z) range and a 600m electronic target range (ETR).
It will also involve the construction of a single-range building complex, which will house classrooms, a targetry store, and workshops serving the two ranges.
Landmarc Support Services project manager Claire Travis said: "Work is progressing well. The existing grenade range has now been demolished and the earthworks are in full force to prepare the ground for construction, which is due to begin in the next few weeks.
"All the waste material from the demolition and earthworks is being re-used to install a noise reduction bund to minimise the impact of noise pollution on the local community."
Scheduled for completion by February 2017, the project will use sustainable initiatives such as biodigestion, rainwater harvesting, and a ground-source heat pump.
Image: The new range at Garelochhead will provide a 100m grouping and zeroing range and a 600m Electronic Target Range. Photo: Crown Copyright / Andrew Linnett.