A picture of troops on the UK military training estate (Picture: MOD).
Troops on the UK military training estate (Picture: MOD).

New £560m contract gives MOD 'opportunity to transform management' of UK training areas

A picture of troops on the UK military training estate (Picture: MOD).
Troops on the UK military training estate (Picture: MOD).

A £560 million contract has been awarded to a facilities support company to manage the UK land on which thousands of Armed Forces personnel train.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded the contract to Landmarc Support Services, which maintains the grounds, environment, and facilities of the Defence Training Estate and supplies a range of other support services.

Landmarc is a joint venture of Mitie, a UK facilities management and professional services company, and Amentum, which provides support services to the US Government.

The deal includes managing facilities, the rural estate and operational services, and it will support 1,308 jobs.

A kitchen on the UK military training estate (Picture: MOD).
A kitchen on the UK military training estate (Picture: MOD).

Head of DIO Overseas and Training Region, Brigadier Jonathan Bartholomew said: "The new contract offers the opportunity to transform the way we manage our training areas.

"We have a good working relationship with Landmarc and I look forward to continuing our work with them to improve the training estate so that it meets the unique and ever-changing needs of our Armed Forces as well as offering a safe place for the public to visit."

The estate comprises 16 major Armed Forces training areas and 104 minor zones, including ranges and camps. It includes sites from Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire to Barry Buddon in Scotland.

The training estate, which covers 156,000 hectares, plays a key role in preparing troops for global operations, as well as training thousands of Ukrainian volunteers.

Watch: Ukrainian artillery recruits complete AS-90 training in UK.

Some of the sites are field firing areas, others are range complexes, and some are Sites of Special Scientific Interest or Special Conservation Areas.

More than 10,000 Ukrainians have been trained on the estate in a range of disciplines, from digging trenches to marksmanship.

Minister for Defence Procurement, James Cartlidge said: "This significant investment will help to ensure we continue to offer safe, secure and well-maintained training facilities for our service personnel as they prepare for operations worldwide.

"The UK's Defence Training Estate also provides a huge boost to our economy, with this contract sustaining more than a thousand jobs across the country."

Mark Neill, managing director at Landmarc, said: "We are thrilled to be awarded this new contract and build on 20 years of outstanding service delivery to ensure that the UK Defence Training Estate delivers safe and sustainable locations to train our Armed Forces."

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