Plans are well underway for an increase in the numbers of Gurkhas joining the Army.
The Ministry of Defence wants recruitment to go up by 25% and among the new facilities for them is a £20,000 messing hut area at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick, home to Gurkha Company.
It will allow the new recruits to cook, have classes, and socialise with their classmates and instructors in an unique outdoor environment. Captain Meenjang Gurung, the Messing Hut Project Manager, explained:
"It tastes slightly different than when you cook... in the kitchen - the gas, oil, electrics - it tastes different. That's why we love this outside cooking."
The messing huts are being constructed almost entirely by Gurkha company staff, with the help of just a couple of additional tradesmen.
This not only saves the MOD money, but also has another advantage for the keen workforce.
Being an in-house project, maintenance will also be done largely by the Gurkhas themselves, helping them develop skills for maintaining their own homes here in the UK after moving over from Nepal.