A high priority Army Basing Programme project to provide a temporary home and facilities for the 1st Military Working Dog (MWD) Regiment, ahead of the planned disposal of St George’s Barracks as part of the Ministry of Defence’s Better Defence Estate Strategy, has been successfully completed.
The first critical phase was to build temporary kennels and convert a disused airfield fire station for MWD washing, food storage and food preparation facilities and was completed before the end of July. The final part of the project, a veterinary consultation building and a secure storage facility, has also been completed and handed over to the Regiment.
The successful delivery of the project to a high quality and against a tight timeframe is testimony to the professionalism of our Project Manager, Mark Akester, and the collaborative efforts of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), Army Basing Programme (ABP) and our supply chain partners.
1st Military Working Dogs provide a unique Defence capability and the 150 dogs carry out a range of tasks ranging from intruder detection through to specialist search to detect explosive devices and ultimately save lives.
The new facilities at St George’s Barracks were formally opened on 21st September by Colonel Andrew R Devey, MBE, Assistant Head of Army Infrastructure Delivery and former Commanding Officer of 1st Military Working Dog Regiment.
Major Jack Kemp Regimental Project Officer said, “1st Military Working Dog Regiment are extremely pleased to see the completion of the works on the interim kennel solution within St Georges Barracks, North Luffenham. The work has been completed on time and meets all the requirements for an interim solution. Having the two MWD Squadrons back from Germany is good news and would not have been possible without this project. I would like to thank ABP, DIO and CarillionAmey for a project well delivered.”