The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to Skanska for the construction of a new defence training college at Worthy Down in Hampshire, UK.
Awarded by the MoD's Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), the £250m contract requires the company to build the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration, along with supporting infrastructure and accommodation.
Scheduled to start later this year, construction is expected to finish in 2018. Training will continue at the site throughout the construction period, according to the MoD.
The new college brings together the training for key support roles from each of the services to one site for the first time in the UK.
Featuring purpose-built training facilities, it is expected to offer courses focusing on military support services, such as human resources, transport and catering, while providing living accommodation for up to 2,000 students and staff.
Specifically, the facility will enable the MoD to train personnel more effectively to ensure that they can provide the best possible support for military operations.
UK Defence Minister Dr Andrew Murrison said the new college will ensure that servicemen and women have sophisticated training and great accommodation.
"By colocating activities for all three services, we are improving efficiency and saving taxpayers' money by making the best use of the defence estate," Murrison said.
The deal represents the latest investment by the MoD on accommodation and technical facilities. In December 2013, the ministry awarded a £121m contract to the Balfour Beatty and Kier Construction joint venture, called Hercules, for the construction of a new Defence College of Technical Training at Lyneham in Wiltshire.
Image: A computer-generated image of the UK Ministry of Defence's new Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration in Hampshire, UK. Photo: Copyright Skanska.