The official opening of the Junior Ranks Single Living Accommodations (SLA) marked a momentous milestone in plans to resettle returning troops.
Hoping to ensure soldiers live and work in the best possible environment, Larkhill is now home to eight new residential blocks and over 300 new residents.
Over 1300 bed spaces at the Larkhill site alone will eventually be created. Accommodation and new technical facilities will also be provided for troops on Salisbury Plain and Aldershot.
The aim of the construction project is to support forces returning under the Army Basing Programme, which will see all military units brought back from Germany by 2020.
By resettling the troops the UK hopes to see savings in Defence of up to £240 million per year by 2022.
In addition to the living quarters, offices, catering retail and leisure facilities will be provided. Outside of the barracks, spaces for health and education will also be created and made available to both the military and public.
The first rooms were opened in November 2016, and on schedule 10 months later 378 new rooms have been created and are occupied.
Lieutenant General James Bashall CBE, Commander Home Command opened the new Junior SLA village:
“I am delighted to officially open the new Junior Ranks Single Living Accommodation village at Larkhill. I am very pleased to see first class accommodation being provided for our serving personnel.
The facilities being delivered by the Army Basing Programme are an excellent example of the investment being put into infrastructure across the UK.”
In total 2,600 single living en suite facilities and 1,300 family homes are being added to the Salisbury Plain area.