Within Amey’s Defence contracts, we continue to work closely with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to deliver projects that improve the ‘lived experience’ of the UK’s Armed Forces and their families and recent improvements at the Army Training Centre (ATC) Pirbright, in our Regional Prime South East contract, have delivered real and significant benefits for the Service personnel and their families who live there.
In the delegated funding era, where the MOD’s Top Level Budget holders (TLBs) manage spend across the MOD Estate, the Army is investing directly and significantly to improve the facilities at ATC Pirbright, home to one of four Assessment Centres (ACs) where those looking to join the Army will experience their first ‘taste’ of military life before being selected to undergo initial and arduous training.
This site is set to become one of the military’s key establishments, so it’s vital that the operational capability of the Army is maintained. This can only be done if the trainee soldiers, and their permanent staff instructors, are provided with the best facilities to enable them to carry out effective and efficient training standards.
Over the last twelve months, a number of projects have been handed over, on time and to budget, which have included a new, world-class 500k running track and improvements to the football pitch, light refurbishment of five Single Living Accommodation (SLA) blocks, repairs and improvements to the site’s swimming pool and a full refurbishment of the Garrison nursery school and its surrounding grounds.
These improvements have enhanced the lives of everyone living and working at ATC Pirbright and additionally, the Unit are exploring the option for potential, low-level income generation, as well as increasing community engagement, by allowing limited access to the sports facilities to non-military organisations
Lt Col R F Sandford SCOTS, Commanding Officer, ATC Pirbright, has seen first-hand how a collaborative working relationship has positively enhanced the Estate and said “We aspire for Pirbright to be the Home of the British Soldier. The infrastructure improvements we have seen here in the last 12 months are helping to turn that aspiration into physical reality. The collaboration between Amey, Army and the DIO is genuinely transforming the lived experience of our trainees and our staff and setting the conditions for Pirbright to excel as a training centre.”
Tim Redfern, Amey’s Director of Defence added “This initiative shows that by working closely with the DIO and TLBs we are delivering substantial improvements to the military estate. For many recruits, the facilities at ATC Pirbright will be their first sight of Army life and presenting them with modern and well-maintained facilities will be a key factor in morale and retention. I’m proud that we are able to play a part in supporting the Army’s new recruits.”
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