Landmarc Support Services and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) have started work on a project to upgrade training facilities at New Zealand Farm Camp on Salisbury Plain Training Area in Wiltshire, to bring them in line with modern day and future training requirements. 

New Zealand Farm Camp

The £2.4 million investment will see 12 life-expired buildings demolished and replaced with 12 new multi-functional structures, known as ‘stone tents’. The facilities will provide a modern, multifunctional training camp that can be used as a Forward Operating Base, a terrorist camp, a refugee camp and a Non-Governmental Organisation Base – or within part of a complex manoeuvre environment. The new facilities will also provide an exercise base location for troops training in the local area.

Additionally, the surrounding infrastructure will be improved, with tracks and hardstandings upgraded to support the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks, Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles and the new AJAX fleet. Street lighting and a new public address system will also be provided with provision for exercising military personnel to remotely plug in to a Field Electrical Power Supply (FEPS) generator.

Clive Paxman, project manager at Landmarc Support Services said:

“Landmarc worked closely with End Users and other stake holders during the design programme to understand the specific requirements of this facility, which was first used for training during World War 2. This collaboration will ensure that we are jointly able to create facilities that will meet the diverse training needs of our Armed Forces, in the most sustainable and cost-effective way.”

WO1 Jeff Elson, DIO’s training safety marshall at Salisbury Plain said:

“DIO’s priority is to support our armed forces by delivering the facilities they need to live, work, train and deploy on operations.  The investment being made in upgrading New Zealand Farm Camp is the biggest single investment in a training camp on Salisbury Plain since Copehill Down village in the late 1980s. The diverse training features that will be incorporated into the site will benefit our training troops as they will enable a variety of exercise scenarios to be undertaken.”

The project is due for completion in July 2016.