Members of the Ministry of Defence’s Army Basing Programme (ABP) team have given the Leader and Deputy Leader of Richmondshire District Council (RDC) a tour of Bourlon and Marne Barracks in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, where over £70m has been invested recently to improve working and single living accommodation for the soldiers based there.
Robin Hartley, the ABP’s Delivery Lead in the North, hosted a visit by Councillor Yvonne Peacock, the Leader of RDC, and Councillor Ian Threlfall, the Deputy Leader of RDC, to showcase new and refurbished infrastructure that has been provided ‘behind the wire’ at these two sites.
At Bourlon Barracks a Grade 2 listed Sandhurst Block that had stood empty for eight years has been transformed to provide modern office accommodation and other improvements have seen the provision of new storage facilities and working accommodation.
At Marne Barracks the two guests were shown new single living accommodation where over 100 new bed spaces have been provided, a new gymnasium and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), a new mess for Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and new office buildings and working accommodation.
Speaking after the visit, Robin Hartley said: “We’re delighted with the facilities that we have provided at Bourlon and Marne Barracks, which will ensure that the required infrastructure is available to our troops.
“Spending over £70m at these two sites represents a positive investment that MOD is making in Catterick Garrison and is a sustainable legacy of the ABP. We’re working closely with North Yorkshire County Council, Richmondshire District Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership, other government departments, local service providers and NHS England to ensure infrastructure, housing, education and health provision is in place for our troops and their families.”
RDC Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock, said: “Catterick Garrison is an important part of the Richmondshire community with a large and often changing population which we must make provision for together with the needs of the civilian community - be that through leisure, education, housing or health.
“My deputy and I found the visit to the camp to be very informative and we were very impressed with the quality of the refurbishment of the listed block at Bourlon Barracks. The visit has given us an insight into what facilities are already there and what infrastructure will need to be delivered through the planning process as the camp expands.”
Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “We welcome the development of Catterick as a super garrison and the benefits this brings to North Yorkshire. We are working hard with all partners to make sure the necessary infrastructure is in place for the success of this development both in highways and in education.
“North Yorkshire has a national reputation for its good practice in educational support for military children and their families and the provision of schools and this will continue. Although I was unable to go on this guided tour, this development is taking place in my division so I have been kept up to speed with what's happening here in particular.”
Paul Davenport, Operations Director for ABP’s principle contractor, Galliford Try said: “Galliford Try are extremely proud to have been chosen as DIO’s construction partner for this important strategic project.
“A great deal of hard work alongside our customer, key stakeholders and supply chain is culminating in a wide cross section of facilities which are of national and local community importance, which Galliford Try is delighted to be part of.”
Andrew Fortherby, Divisional Director for ABP’s Principle Support Provider, WYG said: “It is excellent to see the progress being made at Catterick to deliver the strategic aim of the Army Basing Programme and the benefits the Marne and Bourlon projects will bring to both the Army capability and the local community.”
The MOD is working collaboratively with North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), RDC and other key stakeholders involved in the provision of services to the local communities, both military and civilian, in and around Catterick.
This involves the development of a master plan and supporting local plans and includes the identification of key sites for new housing developments where the MOD and RDC are working collegiately to select sites that best fit the RDC Plan.
MOD is also looking to pursue opportunities for Phase 2 of the Town Centre development and several sites have been identified as potentially suitable for retail outlets as part of RDC’s ‘Call for Sites’ initiative.
Through the Catterick Integrated Care Project the MOD is working with the NHS and is also supporting the local authorities in their reviews of education and highways provision in the area. Finally, the MOD has regular meetings with Yorkshire Water and other utility companies concerning our plans for future development in Catterick.