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Colchester Garrison



The construction of the new garrison was a flagship project for the MoD and represented the largest defence Private Finance Initiative (PFI) accommodation scheme built.

The project was a phased programme, spanning four years, with R G Carter taking a significant role encompassing the construction of ten separate buildings.


The project was completed in three phases:

Phase one

  • Design and build construction of five new buildings: central education building; court martial centre; band accommodation building; community centre; multi-denominational place of worship.
  • all buildings constructed from steel frame with either artificial interlocking slate roof covering over composite metal decking or standing seam aluminium roof.

Phase two

  • Design and construction of four large covered parking areas, storage facility, two storey administration office and vehicle inspection units.
  • The buildings comprise steel frames on concrete pad foundations and precast concrete ground beams. The aluminium standing seam roofs with external fa├žade clad with architectural lignacite blocks and composite cladding.

Phase three

  • Design and construction of a new car park and external landscaping.


  • State of the art counter-terrorism measures
  • Project handed over 21 weeks ahead of schedule


The military has declared the development, led by the main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine, to be a ‘first class facility’.

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