Defence College gains medical and training buildings

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The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has commissioned the construction of three buildings comprising of a medical and dental centre, physical training centre, and a drill area at the Defence College of Logistics, Policing, and Administration in Worthy Down.

The Defence College project was carried out by the Swedish modular construction specialist Skanska, as part of a £300M project, with the purpose of the development being to train MOD personnel more effectively and efficiently so that they may deliver the best possible support for military operations.

The DIO’s Principal Project Manager, Matthew Richardson stated: “We are pleased to be working with Skanska to deliver these fantastic new facilities. The new buildings will provide our armed forces personnel with first class, modern health and leisure facilities that should make their overall experience of the college an enjoyable one.”

The Project Director for Skanska, Paul Weale added: “We are pleased that the buildings meet both the military and DIO’s expectations, in terms of their function and quality. These buildings have been created through strong collaboration between the DIO and Skanska and we hope they will enhance the health and well-being of military personnel and their families at Worthy Down for years to come.”

The Medical and Dental Centre contains four dental suites, five GP consulting rooms, nurse consulting rooms, audiometric testing rooms, a casualty reception, treatment rooms, houses offices, a pharmacy dispensary, physiotherapy treatment areas, and an activity space.

Whereas the Physical Training Centre includes facilities such as a gym with a cardiovascular suite, a weights room, a fitness studio, sports halls, squash courts, offices, changing facilities, showers, disabled facilities, internal stores, and external stores.

And lastly, the drill area is specially designed to enhance acoustical performance, with rooms measuring at almost double height to meet with noise compliance.

The college overseer, Brigadier Stephen Shirley concluded: “The new combined medical and dental centre, physical training centre and band and drill area will provide both our students and permanent staff with modern facilities to support their health needs and enable them to enjoy much-earned recreational time. The facilities are superb. I am very proud to be leading on such a prominent project that will bring modern, multi-purpose facilities to Worthy Down.”

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