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Progress for new army barracks

19 October, 2007
Allenby/Connaught project receives a breath of fresh air with the unveiling of new barrack designs for Aldershot.
The Hampshire town of Aldershot in the UK is famous predominantly for one thing, the British Army. It has been home to a variety of regiments since the 1860's and currently includes elements of the Coldstream Guards, the Welsh Fusiliers, the Military Police Headquarters and the dental defence agency. It is also the site of the "bloody Sunday" IRA car bomb attack in the early 1970's which claimed the lives of 5 civilians and a Catholic priest.

Garrison towns have traditionally suffered from architecture which is somewhat less than elegant and certainly the Aldershot barracks wouldn't win any prizes for architectural elegance but this is something that may soon change.

The Allenby/Connaught project is the largest private finance investment that the MOD has ever made at around £8bn. Its purpose is to create 21st century standard living accommodation for around 18000 personnel at military establishments centred around Aldershot and the Salisbury Plain. It is hoped that having modern facilities will help to attract and retain staff at a critical time for the development and maintenance of a professional army.

The service provision part of the contract is already in operation with some working facilities already having been provided. The latest milestone to have been reached is the presentation of the designs of the first set of barracks unveiled today and breathe some fresh life into the project which so many soldiers are already psychologically packed and ready for. In Aldershot alone, 130 old buildings are scheduled for demolition, to be replaced by the new designs.
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