Work begins in Lympstone to build 181-bed block for junior Marines

An artist impression of how the 181-bed block will look. Picture: Galliford Try

An artist impression of how the 181-bed block will look. Picture: Galliford Try - Credit: Galliford Try

The construction of a £10million, 181-bed block at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in Lympstone has begun.

A groundbreaking event was held at the site, which was attended by Col M J Tanner OBE and representatives from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and its contractors Galliford Try and AECOM.

Simon Jones, DIO Project Manager, said: "DIO is pleased that work has begun on the accommodation at Lympstone.

"This purpose-built, bespoke facility will ensure that all personnel, both male and female, who are recovering from injury and undergoing rehabilitation can recuperate in facilities that are truly fit for purpose."

The contract for the build was signed earlier this year.

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The multi-million-pound project will see the creation of a 181-bed block for junior ranks, as well as supporting facilities, such as a communal area and administrative offices, at the site near Lympstone.

The accommodation will comprise 21 eight-bed rooms and one 10-bed unit, plus three single Duty of Care rooms for supporting staff.

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All rooms have been designed so that they can be allocated to either male or female occupants.

The new blocks will house Royal Marine recruits who have either been injured in training or are undergoing remedial professional military training.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation awarded the contract for the construction to Galliford Try in April along with AECOM, which was awarded the Technical Support Provider contract to assist DIO in its delivery to the Royal Marines.

The construction is planned to complete in August next year.

Mark Wusthoff, area director for Galliford Try South West, said: "It's fantastic to finally be on site to deliver this much-needed accommodation for our hardworking servicemen and women.

"We are delighted to be collaborating with DIO once more in the South West following the successful delivery of the 'dunk tank' at RNAS Yeovilton, and we look forward to working with them and the Royal Marines to deliver the high-quality facilities their personnel deserve."

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