Go ahead for new Royal Marines’ facility

Friday August 12th, 2011

Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded a £25m contract to Debut Services (South West) Ltd to build new waterfront facilities in Devonport Naval Base that will provide vital support for Royal Marines preparing to use amphibious landing craft for operations.

The project will deliver facilities at Weston Mill Lake, including two new buildings, marina, jetty and slipway. One building will be a base for HQ for both 10 (Landing Craft) Training Squadron Royal Marines and 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines, as well as training rooms and waterside facilities.

The other building will house landing craft and mechanical transport engineering workshops, with a large expanse of hard-standing available for landing craft storage.

The slipway and jetty will provide landing craft launch and recovery facilities and include a mobile craft hoist capable of lifting landing craft out of the water. Existing pontoons will be extended, providing extra landing craft berthing, as well as coxswain training and refuelling facilities.

The project will establish a waterfront base for elements of 1 Assault Group Royal Marines and the embarked Assault Groups, allowing Royal Marines personnel to re-locate from sites at Turnchapel and Poole. This relocation will allow the future of RM Turnchapel to be considered.

Planning permission and statutory marine consent for the new facilities were granted in June and July 2011 respectively and work on the project should start on site in October 2011. Construction should then complete in December 2012 with RM occupancy commencing in early 2013.

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