Skanska has won the bid battle to build a new military training centre to replace the Deepcut barracks in Wiltshire.

Construction work is to begin later this month on the £250m Worthy Down project in Winchester.

The scheme – known as Project Wellesley – will take around five years to complete and will provide accommodation for up to 2,000 students and staff.

Skanska beat Lend Lease and Vinci to take the job to build the new facility that brings together onto one site the majority of logistics and personnel administration training for the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

The plan is for the centre to be up and running by late 2018, while maintaining training at the site throughout the construction period.

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