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Sunday, 25 February

A Worthy Piece of Work

Building work on the Catering, Retail and Leisure (CRL) facility on the site of the new Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration at Worthy Down, has been completed.

The new building, which is part of a £250 million tri-service facility that DIO is building at Worthy Down in Hampshire, includes four bars, a large dining room, kitchens, recreational, food court and shopping facilities.

The internal fit out of the CRL will now start. Once up and running the CRL will be the social hub for the Junior Ranks. It will be a central meeting place and leisure facility for permanent staff and visiting students.

The CRL is one of 26 buildings that the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is delivering with its main contractor, Skanska. The 26 buildings are a mix of technical training and classroom facilities and accommodation.

Peter Riches, DIO Project Manager for the project, said: " The CRL will provide students from the college with a first class, modern leisure and recreational facility that should make their overall experience of the college a pleasant one."

Locating tri-services’ training to one site will support centralised training and provide better resources. In addition, military personnel will have the opportunity to share best practice and knowledge to deliver the individual training requirements. Savings will be delivered through economies of scale, shared resources, technology and the disposal of selected sites.

Brigadier Steve Shirley, who will be in charge of the college when it opens, said: "The CRL building will provide both our students and staff with a modern meeting place where they can enjoy much-earned recreational time."

The college will provide specialist training facilities and modern accommodation for up to 1,500 students, designed in a series of ‘villages’; one for Junior Ranks, one for Officers and one for Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCO). Trainees and permanent staff will have access to sports and recreation facilities, Officer and SNCO Messes, including supporting amenities. The Royal Logistics Corps Museum will also relocate to Worthy Down into a purpose built exhibition space, which will be available for soldiers, families and community use.

Picture: The CRL main dining area - Crown Copyright

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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