Assessment study at Catterick Garrison
The British Army and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) have awarded professional services company WYG a contract to carry out an assessment study for the redevelopment of Catterick Garrison.
As the new headquarters for the mechanised and wheeled capability, specific requirements will include single living accommodation, service families accommodation, technical accommodation (HQ buildings, offices, workshops, garages, stores), sport retail and leisure facilities. The study will also assess the impact that additional service personnel and their families will have on the town and local area.
Major General David Southall MBE, Director Basing and Infrastructure says: “Catterick Garrison is already one the Army’s biggest and most important Garrisons, and Catterick is at the heart of the Army’s future basing investment plans.
“Working with both North Yorkshire County Council and Richmondshire District Council we will collectively ensure this investment delivers the best outcomes for both the Army and the local community.”
Catterick is forecast to expand from 6,000 service personnel to around 9,500 by 2031. It is expected that dependants will increase in line with the rise of service personnel numbers from 2,600 to around 3,800.
The Army is working closely with the local authorities to ensure that local service provision, including schools, leisure and medical facilities, meet the demand of both existing and new residents.
Callum McKeon, Corporate Director for Richmondshire District Council said: “The Assessment Study is an important piece of work for the MoD which will complement the work that has already started on Richmondshire District Council’s Local Plan Review and Garrison Masterplan.
“Through the partnership working that has developed over recent years, we are looking forward to helping our military colleagues develop and shape their plans, as we all work together to accommodate the growth of the Garrison and the needs of the local civilian population.”
Neil Irving, Assistant Director of Policy, Partnerships and Communities said: “We welcome the MOD’s commitment to invest in the future of the British Army in Catterick and will work closely with them and all our partners to support the development of the base and infrastructure of the surrounding area.
“We will also continue support service families and the wider community through this period of growth and change.”
WYG will deliver its findings in Spring 2021, with the initial construction phase planned to commence in 2023.