UK

Is Your Military Base Closing? Read The Full List Of Sites Shutting

A 25-year strategy to transform the Ministry of Defence estate means numerous sites are to be disposed of.

Ministry of Defence (MOD) plans to overhaul its property portfolio will see a number of military bases closed down in the coming years.

As part of the Defence Estate Optimisation (DEO) plan, mobilised in 2016 to kickstart 25 years of construction, key sites will receive investment while others will be disposed of to reduce the MOD's footprint.

A new Red Arrows base, Royal Air Force training facilities, infrastructure for British Army brigades and work on consolidating Royal Navy and Royal Marines estate will feature in an investment package worth billions of pounds.

The DEO will also invest in more than 25,000 new and refurbished houses and single-living accommodation, contemporary office space for more than 12,000 people, and 63 specialist military workshops and garages. It is hoped the construction work will create about 20,000 jobs in the UK.

With many defence assets already shut down under the DEO, here is a timeline of sites which are set to close in the coming years:

2021

British Army

  • Cavalry Barracks (Hounslow)
  • Deverell Barracks (Ripon)
  • Kneller Hall (Twickenham)
  • Defence Support Group (DSG) (Colchester)

Other 

  • DIO Head Office (Sutton Coldfield)
  • Athena House (Swindon)

2022

British Army

  • Catterick Town Centre Parcel (Catterick)
  • Harden Barracks [Duchess of Kent Psychiatric Hospital] (Catterick)
  • Parsons Barracks Donnington (Telford)
  • Venning Barracks (Telford)
  • St George’s Barracks North Luffenham (Oakham)
  • Kinnegar Logistic Base (Holywood)
  • Forthside Stirling Meadowforth Barracks (Stirling)
  • Middlewick Ranges (Colchester)

Royal Air Force

  • RAF Barnham (Thetford)
  • RAF Scampton (Lincolnshire)

Other

  • MOD Caledonia (Rosyth)
RAF Scampton, home to the Red Arrows, will be disposed of in 2022.

2023

Royal Navy

  • HMS Nelson Wardroom (Portsmouth)

British Army

  • Claro Barracks (Ripon)
  • Commander and Staff Trainer [North] (Catterick)

Royal Air Force

  • 1300 Parkway, Bristol
  • RAF Henlow (Henlow)

Other

  • DBS Finance Liverpool
  • DBS Cheadle Hulme
  • DBS Tomlinson House, Norcross (Blackpool)
  • Fort Blockhouse 1 (Gosport)

2024

Royal Navy

  • The Royal Citadel (Plymouth)

British Army

  • Prince William of Gloucester Barracks (Grantham)
  • Chilwell Station (Nottingham)
  • Queen Elizabeth Barracks (Strensall)
  • Sir John Moore Barracks Winchester (Winchester)
  • Towthorpe Lines (Strensall)
  • Aldershot Distribution Centre (Aldershot)
  • Cawdor Barracks (Haverfordwest)
  • Leighton House (AOSB Westbury) (Westbury)

Royal Air Force

  • RAF Alconbury (Alconbury)

Other

  • Clayton Barracks (Aldershot)

2025

British Army

  • Clive Barracks (Market Drayton)
  • Redford Cavalry and Infantry Barracks (Edinburgh)
  • Sennybridge Storage Compound (Sennybridge)

Royal Air Force

  • RAF Colerne Airfield (Chippenham)
  • RAF Halton (Aylesbury)

Other

  • MOD Police Wethersfield/Wethersfield Airfield (Wethersfield)
Fort George
According to the Government, the sun will set on Scotland's Fort George for the last time in 2032.

2027

Royal Navy

  • Royal Marines Stonehouse (Plymouth)

British Army

  • Fulwood Barracks (Preston)
  • Dale Barracks (Chester) 
  • Brecon Barracks (Brecon)
  • Beachley Barracks (Beachley)
  • Invicta Park Barracks (Maidstone)

Royal Air Force

  • RAF Mildenhall (Mildenhall) 

2028

British Army

  • St David’s Barracks (Bicester)
  • Vauxhall Barracks (Didcot)
  • Woolwich Station (Woolwich) - Napier Lines to be enclaved as the long-term home for The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery

2029

British Army

  • Buckley Barracks [Hullavington Barracks] (Chippenham)
  • Dalton Barracks including Abingdon Airfield (Abingdon)

Royal Air Force/Royal Navy

  • HMS Sultan (Gosport)

2031

British Army

  • Azimghur Barracks (Chippenham)
  • Carver Barracks (Saffron Walden)
  • Dishforth Barracks Airfield (York)
  • Imphal Barracks (York)
  • Robertson Barracks (Dereham)
  • Southwick Park (Fareham)

2032

British Army

  • Fort George (Inverness)
  • Glencorse Barracks (Penicuik)