Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has revealed that 33 military sites across the UK will benefit from the £4 billion committed in the 2016 Better Defence Estates Programme. This funding will improve and upgrade the defence estate.
Investment into defence estate
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed several bases will be retained as part of the programme, including RM Chivenor, Norton Manor Camp, Condor Airfield, Rock Barracks and Molesworth.
On 28 February he said:
“The defence estate is the rock around which our Armed Forces revolve and it is vital we bring it into the 21st century. We have already committed £4 billion to optimise our military sites and today’s update will ensure our estate continues to fulfil our needs and support our people for the next five years.”
This investment promotes regeneration, business growth and local jobs. The £4 billion which has been committed to developing the defence estate will create and sustain jobs in the construction industry.
Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood said:
“When improving the defence estate we have always strived to achieve the right balance between working with local communities, achieving value for money and making sure our Armed Forces have what they require to protect our people and promote our prosperity.”
Find opportunities with the MOD
The MOD has a long-term strategy in defence infrastructure investment. Bases in the UK and abroad will be improved as part of this, opening up a range of opportunities to defence suppliers.
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