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Final building completed in Aldershot Garrison housing project

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Final building completed in Aldershot Garrison housing project

Published by Carol Musgrave at 12:49pm 7th July 2020.

A transformation of the Aldershot Garrison which started in 2016 has now ended with the completion of a housing annex ahead of schedule.

It is the final stage of a huge building project that came about as a result of the Army Basing Programme (ABP) initiative.

The ABP started in 2016 and saw the withdrawal of British troops from Germany in 2019 and unit moves within the UK.

It is managed by contractors Aspire Defence Limited.

Burma House, which is the new annex at the Wavell Officers' and Warrant Officers' Mess in Wavell Barracks, has been finished 3 months early, and is now ready for its first occupants. 

The accommodation  provides 50 new single en-suite bedrooms for soldiers - the last building of around 2,400 bedrooms across the Aspire Defence estate.

Burma House Aldershot Garrison

The new annex is named after General Archibald Wavell, who during the Second World War and was given the post of Commander-in-Chief India.

This command also included being responsible for the defence of Burma, a hard-fought campaign against the numerically superior Japanese, hence the name 'Burma House'.

Burma House Aldershot Garrison

A small gathering took place to mark the occasion, which included the Deputy Commander Reserves 11 Infantry Brigade and South East Colonel Ian Adkins, Aldershot Garrison Commander Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Baines and Aldershot MP Leo Docherty.

Mr Docherty also handed over the first annex room key to Junior Doctor Officer Cadet Rhiannon Austin from the Army Medical Services Support Unit who is currently working at Frimley Park Hospital.

OCdt Austin said:

"It's really exciting to be here, it's great to see the new building which will soon be my home.

"I've just had a good look round for the first time which is really nice, it looks impressive and I am eager to move in. 

"There are about 8 of us initially moving in, which is great, it will mean we can all be together which is really important, as we've become a real unit since COVID-19."









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